Compiled by Dawn Wolfe
Connecticut: The state’s governor revealed March 1 that she supports the concept of allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions, putting an end to questions about where she stood on the issue. Love Makes a Family, the gay-rights organization that has been fighting for equal marriage rights in the state, has dropped its previous “marriage or nothing” stance and now supports the measure, which has passed key legislative committee vote.
Iowa: A proposal to amend the state’s constitution to ban equal marriage rights has virtually no chance of being passed in the Senate, effectively dooming the issue for at least two years, the senate Republican president said March 4. If the measure doesn’t pass this year, the soonest it could go on the ballot would be 2010.
Kansas: An amendment banning equal marriage rights will be on the statewide election ballot April 5.
Maryland: Two bills, an anti-gay marriage amendment and a ban on recognizing out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples, died in committee, 365Gay.com reported March 6. Supporters of both measures say they will reintroduce them next year.
South Dakota: On Feb. 28 the state senate approved a proposed amendment banning equal marriage for placement on the 2006 general election ballot. The state house had already passed the resolution.
Washington: The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed for marriage equality March 8.