Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
Arizona: Anti-gay activists filed a proposed amendment to ban equal marriage rights with the Secretary of State’s Office May 16. The proposed amendment would also bar state and local governments from giving legal status to any unmarried couple. The signatures of 183,917 registered voters are needed to put the measure on the November 2006 ballot.
California: A proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would ban equal marriage rights and strip domestic partners of most spousal benefits, including health care coverage for same-sex partners of state and municipal employees, was filed May 19. The amendment’s sponsors must submit nearly 600,000 signatures from voters to the California Secretary of State to qualify the measure for the June 2006 ballot.
Texas: The state Senate approved a proposed constitutional ban on equal marriage rights on May 21, sending the issue to voters to decide this November.