Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
California: About 200 religious, labor and civil rights groups are joining forces to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would take domestic-partner rights away from gay couples. Members of the Equality for All coalition said they were acting even before the measure qualifies for the ballot because of what they termed the proposal’s drastic implications for many kinds of nontraditional families, gay or straight.
Kentucky: A circuit judge upheld the state’s constitutional amendment banning equal marriage rights May 26. The amendment defines marriage as something limited to one man and one woman and prohibits unmarried people from obtaining “legal status identical to or similar to marriage.”
Massachusetts: The state’s highest court on May 26 rejected a Roman Catholic’s bid to halt equal marriage rights until after voters have weighed in on a constitutional ban.