Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
Arizona: More than a year before the general election, U.S. Sen. John McCain is backing an initiative that would change Arizona’s Constitution to ban equal marriage rights and deny government benefits to unmarried couples. The Republican senator is the most prominent Arizonan to add his voice to what has become a flurry of measures competing for a place on the state’s Nov. 7, 2006, ballot.
California: The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved legislation that would require the state to recognize equal marriage rights sending the bill to the full Senate. If the Senate approves the bill, it will have to go back to the Assembly for another vote.
Maryland: On Tuesday, Aug. 30, the American Civil Liberties Union will appear before the Baltimore City Circuit Court to present oral argument in its lawsuit challenging Maryland law that bars same-sex couples and their children from the protections of marriage.
Massachusetts: State legislators voted Aug. 24 to meet Sept. 14 for a Constitutional Convention aimed at debating for the second time a proposed amendment replacing equal marriage rights in Massachusetts with civil unions. Members of the House and Senate have already given initial approval to the amendment, but the state constitution requires them to approve identical language in two successive sessions before the amendment can be put before state voters.