Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
Arizona – Opponents to a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage rights and prohibit some privileges enjoyed by unmarried couples may try to put a competing ballot measure to establish domestic partnerships before voters. Putting a rival measure on the ballot would be intended both to split the “yes” vote for the Protect Marriage Arizona initiative as well as to advance the rights of affected Arizonans.
California – U.S. District Judge Gary Taylor ruled June 16 that the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law recognizing only unions between a man and a woman, does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Taylor declined to rule on whether a state ban on equal marriage violates the civil rights of a gay Southern California couple while a separate legal challenge to California’s laws works its way through the state courts.
Massachusetts: Gov. Mitt Romney said June 16 he will support a proposed constitutional amendment banning equal marriage rights and civil unions. The Legislature was already working on a proposed amendment that would ban equal marriage but allow Vermont-style civil unions. The new proposal bans both. A coalition of anti-gay groups says it is willing to wait an extra two years to get the proposed amendment on the ballot.