Compiled by Dawn Wolfe
Connecticut: On Feb. 23 the legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted 25-13 to create a civil unions system for same-sex couples. The bill would give gay and lesbian couples many of the same state rights as married heterosexuals, but would not allow for a marriage license. The bill still needs approval from the full legislature and the governor’s signature.
South Carolina: The state House is likely to approve an anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment this week. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee that will take up the proposed amendment, Sen. Robert Ford, D-Charleston, is opposed to the amendment, making the measure’s chances in the Seante unclear. If adopted by the General Assembly, it would be on the 2006 gubernatorial election ballot.
Virginia: A proposed constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage won final approval Feb. 27 by both chambers of the state’s General Assembly. The measure will have to be approved again by the legislature next year and ratified by voters in the 2006 general election to become part of the constitution.