Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
Maine: A proposed constitutional amendment seeking to ban equal marriage rights in the state is dead for the current legislative session following a Senate vote June 8. The amendment needed a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate in order to be sent on to voters. On May 7, representatives rejected it 88-56.
Nebraska: An appeal seeking to restore the state’s ban on equal marriage rights was filed June 9. The ban was struck done by a U.S. District Judge on May 13.
Oregon: A Senate panel passed a bill to create civil unions on June 7. The bill will now head to the full Senate, where it is expected to pass, setting up a tug-of-war with the Republican-controlled House, which is currently considering its own bill. That legislation would provide a more limited set of reciprocal rights to any two people over 18, including relatives.
Texas: Two associates of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay who are under indictment are behind the Texas Marriage Alliance, a group formed to push the anti-marriage amendment. According to the June 11 Star-Telegram, John Colyandro and Jim Ellis are charged with violating campaign-finance laws and money laundering during the 2002 election. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has given the group his endorsement.