Marriage News from Around the Country

By |2017-10-31T06:22:34-04:00October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe
Indiana: Three gay couples who challenged Indiana’s ban on equal marriage will not ask the state Supreme Court to review a ruling that upheld the law, shifting their focus instead to defeating an anti-gay marriage amendment.
New Mexico: A bill aimed at defining marriage to exclude gays was rejected by a house committee Feb. 15, stopping the legislation from advancing this session. It called for imposing fines on clergy who perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, specified that the marriages of same-sex couples from other states or countries would not be recognized, and would have nullified marriage licenses granted to same-sex couples last year in Valencia County. There is a similar measure in the senate that is expected to pass.
Rhode Island: Equal marriage rights supporters re-introduced legislation Feb. 15 that would legalize marriage for same-sex couples. Pro-equal marriage bills have died in legislative committees for years, often without hearings.
Virginia: A bill to authorize state license plates celebrating “traditional marriage” that passed the house Feb. 1 has been withdrawn by its sponsor because, as he said, proposed amendments to the state constitution banning marriage equality, which are advancing in the house and senate, achieve his aim.

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