Compiled by Dawn Wolfe
Alabama: The state senate approved a proposed anti-gay marriage amendment March 10, placing the measure on the June 2006 ballot.
California: On March 14, the San Francisco County Superior Court ruled that the state’s ban on equal marriage rights is unconstitutional. The ruling is likely to be appealed to the state’s highest court.
Connecticut: A recent legislative report found that the state could lose nearly $1 million a year because of decreased inheritance tax revenue if a pending bill to allow civil unions for same-sex couples becomes law. Under state law, wives and husbands inherit property from their spouses tax-free, but unmarried partners are required to pay taxes. Democratic Sen. Andrew McDonald said the lost revenue proves the inequities gays and lesbians now face.
Indiana: An anti-gay marriage amendment moved from committee to the House for a vote. It has already been approved by the Senate.
Iowa: A proposed anti-gay marriage amendment passed the House 54-44 March 15, but is not likely to make its way passed the Senate. It must pass two general assemblies before it can be put before voters. If the proposal were to win approval this year and next, it would go on the ballot in 2008.
Maryland: The Maryland Court of Appeals rejected a bid by eight legislators and a county clerk against marriage for gays and lesbians to present arguments in a challenge to the state’s marriage ban brought by same-sex couples denied marriage licenses, 365Gay.com reported March 13. The decision means the case, brought by will now return to Baltimore City Circuit Court.
New Mexico: Senators approved a bill March 9 that defines marriage as a contract “between a man and a woman.” A separate piece of legislation authorizing domestic partnerships remained tabled in a Senate committee.