Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
Anti-marriage amendment falls short
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Backers of a proposal to change the constitution to ban equal marriage fell short Feb. 1 as the deadline passed for garnering enough support to get the amendment on this year’s ballot.
The group is backed by the Republican party.
Gov. Jeb Bush said earlier that if the measure didn’t succeed, he may talk to lawmakers about whether the state law that already defines marriage needs strengthening, or constitutional protection.
Davis supports adoption by same-sex couples
TAMPA, Fla. – Same-sex couples should be able to adopt children, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Davis told a largely gay group Feb. 4.
Davis spoke at a conference of the Florida Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender Democratic Caucus.
Davis told reporters afterward that he supported civil unions, but he did not think the state was ready for a Massachusetts-style system allowing marriage between same-sex partners.
House refuses to debate marriage amendment
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Opponents of equal marriage rights suffered a major setback Feb. 3 when the House of Delegates refused to allow debate on a bill that would let voters decide in November on a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to one man and one woman.
The Senate Minority Leader said Senate Republicans are changing strategy and plan to offer a revised amendment that would ban equal marriage rights but would not include a ban on civil unions. A civil-union ban was included in the House bill.
Drive begins for marriage amendment
DENVER – Saying they were motivated by “love,” a coalition of religious and self-styled family groups formally kicked off a drive Feb. 1 for an amendment to the state constitution that would bar equal marriage rights.
Coloradoans for Marriage submitted the proposed wording of the amendment to the Legislative Council office at the state Capitol, the first step toward getting it on the ballot this fall.
In the meantime, Coloradoans for Fairness and Equality will be campaigning in favor of a domestic partnership referendum that Democratic lawmakers want to put on November’s ballot, a measure that would give same-sex couples the same rights under state law as married couples.
The extremist group will need approval of the wording from the secretary of state and 68,000 valid signatures of registered voters to get the anti-marriage measure on the ballot.