Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
Arizona: The president of the Navajo Nation vetoed a measure May 1 that would have banned equal marriage rights on the reservation. “Same-sex marriage is a non-issue on Navajoland,” he said. “So why waste time and resources on it? We have more important issues to address.”
California: A bill to legalize equal marriage rights has cleared an Assembly committee despite arguments that it violates a ban voters approved five years ago. The partisan 6-3 vote April 26 marked the first test this year for the measure, which would amend the state family code to define marriage as between “two persons.”
Kansas: A ban on equal marriage rights does not prevent state or local government agencies from offering benefits to the partners of gay employees, according to Attorney General Phil Kline. The amendment officially became part of the constitution April 29. The amendment says only unions of one man and one woman are entitled to the rights or incidents of marriage, but Kline said he would defend any state or local agency offering domestic partner benefits.
South Carolina: The House gave final approval to a bill that would let voters decide whether the state constitution should be changed to ban equal marriage rights. Voters would decide in November 2006.