Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
Arizona: Marriage equality opponents filed a petition May 16 for a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would outlaw marriage for same-sex couples. Voters will decide the issue if organizers gather the more than 183,000 signatures needed to put the proposal on the 2006 ballot.
California: On May 10 committees of state lawmakers rejected a constitutional amendment that would ban equal marriage rights and strip away a long list of rights granted to domestic partners in recent years. Conservative groups say they will try to gather enough signatures to put an initiative banning equal marriage on the ballot in 2006.
Massachusetts: The state Democratic party officially endorsed equal marriage rights at their annual convention on May 14 and the state celebrated its one year anniversary of offering equal access to marriage this week.
Nebraska: The state’s ban on equal marriage rights, civil unions and domestic partnership benefits was struck down by a federal judge. The constitutional amendment was passed overwhelmingly by state voters in November 2000.
Texas: Legislation that would ban marriage for same-sex couples hit a stumbling block May 16 when Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) delayed committee debate on the issue for at least two days. The public hearing was rescheduled for Thursday, so the soonest the measure could reach the Senate floor would be Saturday, May 21. The amendment won approval in the House with a vote of 101-29 last month. The measure requires 100 of 150 votes in the House and 21 of 31 votes in the Senate as well as approval from a majority of Texas voters.