Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
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New York’s marriage law upheld
ALBANY, N.Y. – A midlevel state appeals court on Feb. 16 upheld the state’s marriage law as constitutional, handing a defeat to same-sex couples seeking to be married in New York.
Nonresident marriage ruling deadline extended
BOSTON – The state’s highest court has waived a self-imposed deadline for ruling whether same-sex couples from other states can marry in Massachusetts.
The Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments on Oct. 6 about a 1913 state law that says that out-of-state couples cannot get married in Massachusetts if their home states do not recognize such unions.
Anti-marriage amendment rejected by committee
CONCORD, N.H. – A legislative committee voted down a proposed constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage rights in New Hampshire.
Idaho Senate passes anti-marriage amendment
BOISE, Idaho – A proposed constitutional amendment banning equal marriage in the state passed the state Senate on Feb. 15 and will go to voters this November.
West Virginia amendment push fails
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The House of Delegates rejected a bid Feb. 15 to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that targets equal marriage rights.
Marriage amendment ballot language approved
RICHMOND – The House of Delegates on Feb. 20 unanimously passed a bill approved by the Senate last week providing that voters see the entire text of the proposed constitutional amendment, not just a summary, when they vote on it in November. The bill is heading to the governor for his consideration.
Opponents of the ban argued a summary was misleading because voters would not realize they were also voting to prohibit civil unions.