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USA, Hawaii: Details On Next Week’s Special Session for Marriage Equality

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

HawaiiSome details are beginning to emerge on the special session next week to pass the marriage equality bill in Hawaii.

Equality on Trial reports:

The bill was officially filed on Tuesday, October 22, and will be introduced Monday: The “Hawai’i Marriage Equality Act of 2013″ bill was officially filed Tuesday. Senate officials confirm they will introduce the bill next week Monday, October 28 at the start of the same-sex marriage special session. Senator Clayton Hee says the first public hearing is scheduled before the Judiciary and Labor committee, which he chairs, on Monday, October 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the State Capitol auditorium. Hee says testimony will be limited to 2 minutes a person, in an effort to accommodate everyone who wishes to address lawmakers.

The bill is scheduled to get its first reading in the House on the 31st. As we mentioned before, if it passes, couples in the state may begin to marry as early as November 18th. Equality on Trial also notes that the lawsuit in Hawaii has been put on hold until November 22nd, pending the vote of the legislature.

In the meantime, The National Organization for Marriage is getting busy with their own anti-gay marriage ad.

Towleroad reports:

In anticipation of Governor Neil Abercrombie’s plan to call a special session for a marriage equality bill, the National Organization for Marriage has rolled out a new Hawaiian ad in the hopes of “preserving the traditions of our island ohana.” Ohana, as you might recall from Lilo & Stitch, means “family”.

NC, USA: Newscast Explains Details of Amendment One

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

WFMY News, the CBS affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina, does a pretty good job explaining the legal complexities of the antigay initiative Amendment One on the May 8 ballot. Meanwhile, straight philanthropist Todd Stiefel’s online challenge is up until the end of the week. He’s matching dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 through the campaign’s website and ActBlue to fund new TV ads produced by Chad Griffin and his business partner Mark Armour .

Here’s how the WFMY News report opens:

What if the government told your boss he or she could not provide benefits to your spouse or even your children? You might have a problem with that. While it might sound unbelievable that the government would take away those benefits, some fear that could happen here in North Carolina.

We’re talking about Amendment One. It’s the amendment some call the “gay marriage amendment,” but this amendment is about a whole lot more than marriage. It’s also about benefits and economics.

Full Story from Frontiers LA

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WA: Details of the New Marriage Equality Bill

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Marriage Equality Bill in Washington StateUnder a proposed same-sex marriage law in the state, most gay and lesbian couples now registered as domestic partners would have two years to convert the relationship to marriage – or the state would do it for them.

The law would allow unmarried same-sex couples from out of state to marry here, and would grant marriage benefits to those in civil unions and domestic partnerships who relocate here – as long as they then marry within a year.

Churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and their clergy may refuse to marry same-sex couples, without penalty, just as they’re allowed to now. But there are no comparable exemptions for business owners – such as wedding planners, photographers or florists – who are religiously opposed to such unions.

Full Story from The News Tribune

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