Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
Anti-gay intervention sought Connecticut equal marriage lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. – The Family Institute of Connecticut, a group opposed to equal marriage rights told the state Supreme Court Feb. 9 it wants to present evidence that it says shows children are hurt by living in gay and lesbian homes.
The group wants to intervene in a lawsuit over whether gays should be allowed to marry. The group says Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, isn’t vigorously defending Connecticut law, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
Idaho House approves anti-marriage amendment
BOISE, Idaho – The state House has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban equal marriage rights in Idaho.
The proposal provides that “a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized” in Idaho. To be placed on the ballot in November, it must win approval from two-thirds of the House and the Senate. It won that easily in the House on a 53-17 vote Feb. 6.
Florida justices question challenge to marriage amendment
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Supreme Court justices had difficulty during oral arguments Feb. 8 seeing why a proposed state constitutional amendment banning equal marriage rights should be kept off the 2008 ballot.
The justices will decide at a later date whether the proposal meets constitutional requirements that citizen initiatives cannot cover more than one subject and ballot summaries must be clear and unambiguous.
The amendment failed to receive the 611,000 signatures by the Feb. 1 deadline needed to get on the ballot this year.
New Hampshire anti-marriage amendment panned at hearing
CONCORD, N.H. – A proposed constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage rights attracted more opponents than supporters Feb. 7 as several hundred people turned out for a hearing on the bill.
In hours of testimony, most people opposed changing the constitution. Of 100 speakers, about 80 opposed the amendment. More than 270 people signed sheets to register their support or opposition; about 220 were opposed.