Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
California: The state Court of Appeal dismissed a legal challenge by anti-gay activists to the state’s domestic partnership law April 4 affirming an earlier trial court decision dismissing challenges to the DP law brought by other anti-gay groups that claimed it violated a law banning recognition of marriages by same-sex couples from other states.
Connecticut: The state Senate April 6 approved a bill that would make Connecticut the first state to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples without being pressured by the courts. The bill would give gay and lesbian couples many of the same rights as married couples. Proponents say the legislation will likely clear the state House. Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell has not taken a stand on the bill but has said she supports the concept of civil unions.
Kansas: Voters added a ban on equal marriage rights and civil unions to their state constitution April 5. Both sides predict court battles over the amendment.
Minnesota: The state Senate April 7 decided against an effort to force a floor vote on a constitutional amendment that would ban equal marriage rights while thousands of ban opponents rallied outside. Speakers warned the bill would not only ban equal marriage, but also civil unions, and could threaten domestic partner benefits offered by municipal governments.
Texas: A proposed amendment to the state constitution to ban marriage for same-sex couples was approved by a House committee April 11.