Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
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Arizona: The state already has a law prohibiting equal marriage rights, but some activists are pushing for a state constitutional amendment to provide a safeguard against any court rulings. A spokesperson for the Center for Arizona Policy, a lobbying group, said she and others will ask the state Legislature to place a referendum on the November 2006 ballot. The group also plans to launch a petition drive to place an initiative on the ballot. They would need at least 183,917 valid signatures. Arizona lawmakers failed during the 2004 legislative session to approve a resolution urging Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to outlaw marriages for same-sex couples.
Florida: The Florida Baptist Convention, holding its 150th annual meeting, unanimously approved a resolution calling for state constitutional ban on equal marriage rights Nov. 9. Gov. Jeb Bush said there is no need for a constitutional amendment here because the federal Defense of Marriage Act already addresses the issue. A series of lawsuits filed across the state this year challenges the constitutionality of both the state law and the federal law upon which it was modeled.
Georgia: Gay-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Nov. 9 seeking to throw out a ban on equal marriage rights voted into Georgia’s constitution Nov. 2. They say the amendment contained misleading language, asking voters only if they wanted to define marriage as between a man and a woman, not whether they wanted to ban civil unions. The measure passed 3-to-1, winning with huge margins among almost every demographic.
Idaho: Three leaders of the state’s conservative movement launched their campaign Nov. 11 to put a constitutional ban on equal marriage rights – and possibly any legalized civil union or partnership – before voters in 2006.
North Carolina: The Charlottesville City Council is expected to urge the General Assembly to repeal the state ban on civil unions between same-sex couples. Council voted on a resolution Nov. 15 asking legislators to reverse the ban, which they approved earlier this year.
Texas: Calling it a biblical issue, a state lawmaker on Nov. 8 proposed an amendment to the Texas Constitution that would ban the state from recognizing equal marriage rights. Texas already has a law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Changing the state constitution would require the approval of two-thirds of each chamber of the Legislature, as well as a ballot vote by Texans.