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Mexico: Coahuila Legislature Legalizes Marriage Equality

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Coahuila - Google MapsAnother Mexican state, just south of Texas, has legalized marriage equality, but this time via the legislature.

Rex Wockner reports:

For the first time, a Mexican state legislature has voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The Sept. 1 vote by the Congress of the state of Coahuila was 19-1. The new law, which alters more than 40 parts of the state’s Civil Code, takes effect in one week. According to reports, the law says, “Marriage is the free union with full consent of two people, which has as its objective to realize community life where both [people] seek respect, equality and mutual aid, and make in a free, responsible, voluntary and informed way reproductive decisions that fit their life project, including the possibility of procreation or adoption.”

By our count, this makes Coahuila the fourth Mexican jurisdiction to allow same sex couples to wed, after Mexico City, Quintana Roo and Chihuahua, although the marriages are then recognized in all 31 states.

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USA, Wisconsin: Democrats Introduce Marriage Equality Bill

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Wisconsin MapThe tide really has turned. State Democrats today are introducing a bill to bring marriage equality to the state.

On Top Magazine reports:

Wisconsin Democrats on Thursday announced a legislative effort that seeks to repeal the state’s ban on gay marriage. Flanked by marriage equality advocates, Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa and Senator Tim Carpenter, both Democrats, announced the effort at the state Capitol in Madison. A majority (59%) of voters in 2006 approved a constitutional amendment which defines marriage as a heterosexual union. Wisconsin law also makes it a crime for gay couples to legally marry in another state. Neighboring states Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois have legalize same-sex marriage. All 15 Senate Democrats are backing the proposed legislation, which faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature.

With the state under conservative control, chances of passage are low, but still!

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USA, Virginia: As Marriage Equality Hearing Nears, Bill Introduced In Legislature

Friday, January 10th, 2014

VirginiaWe have two stories out of Virginia today on marriage equality. In the first, a hearing in a lawsuit for marriage equality in the state is fast approaching.

The Washington Blade reports:

The first hearing in a federal lawsuit that challenges Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is scheduled to take place in Norfolk, Va., on Jan. 30. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia will hold the hearing in the lawsuit that Tim Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk filed in July. Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Richmond are also plaintiffs in the case the American Foundation for Equal Rights joined in September.

At the same time, bills Have been introduced in the Virginia legislature that would legalize marriage equality in the state.

On Top Magazine reports:

Bills seeking to end Virginia’s ban on gay marriage were officially introduced on Wednesday as the legislative session got underway. Voters in 2006 approved the Marshall-Newman Amendment, which prohibits the state from recognizing any union other than a heterosexual marriage. Additionally, Virginia law excludes gay couples from marriage. Six delegates and three senators have sponsored resolutions which seek to remove the prohibition.

With Republicans still in control of the Virginia House and the Virginia Senate split 50-50, with a chance to tilt over to Republican control in a special election, chances for a legislative solution this year seem low. On the other hand, Virginia just went very blue, with every statewide elected office going to Democrats. And marriage equality is working its way down the Atlantic Coast…

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USA: Seven States Where Marriage Equality Could Move Ahead in the Next Two Weeks

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Gay WeddingWe’ve mentioned before that October was shaping up to be a big month for marriage equality. Buzzfeed has a great article this morning o the fights coming to a head this month in Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, Illinois, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Virginia:

It’s been less than four months since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and put an end to California’s marriage amendment, but advocates have been busy over the summer — setting the stage for a very busy two weeks that could rock the marriage equality landscape and change the country.

The calendar for the rest of the month is packed with a dizzying array of potential developments: decisions and movement in lawsuits that are multiplying by the week, possible votes from lawmakers being prodded to action by governors in their states, and — for the state of New Mexico — a hearing at the state Supreme Court to resolve once and for all whether same-sex couples can marry in a state that doesn’t specifically ban or allow such marriages.

The coming weeks also will feature the first action in the federal appellate courts since the Supreme Court rulings, with a filing in the Ninth Circuit in a challenge to Nevada’s marriage law. The quick reemergence of a marriage case at the appellate level is notable because that’s the path back to the Supreme Court, where marriage equality advocates are still seeking a ruling that would bring marriage equality to all 50 states.

Head over to Buzzfeed to read the whole thing – it’s gonna be a crazy month!

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Malta: Civil Unions Bill Arrives in Parliament This Week

Monday, October 14th, 2013

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The island nation of Malta’s long-proposed civil unions bill is set to begin the legislative process this week.

Pink News reports:

A bill to introduce civil unions for gay couples in Malta will arrive in the country’s Parliament this week. Malta’s Equality Minister Helena Dalli told a press conference on Monday that the Civil Unions Bill will recognise same-sex partnerships and give them the same rights and duties as married heterosexual couples. “We are people before we are straight, gay, black, white or red,” she said. “We have to move towards a society that shuns discrimination and everyone enjoys rights to live a happy life.”

It’s a good first step. We all saw what happened to the “everything but marriage” law in Washington state, after all.

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Malta: Parliament to Consider Civil Unions Bill Today

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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Gay and lesbian couples in the island nation of Malta may get some rights soon.

The Times of Malta reports:

The House of Representatives reconvenes this evening after the summer recess, although activity continued throughout the summer in the Public Accounts Committee. The first item on the agenda is the first reading of a Bill on Civil Unions, a law which will regulate same-sex partnerships. The first reading is a formality which gives the all-clear for the publication of the Bill.

While not full marriage equality, a civil unions bill would be a big step forward for this European nation.

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USA, Hawaii: Citing Pending Legislative Session, Ninth Circuit Delays Marriage Equality Case

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

HawaiiIn light of the upcoming special session to debate a marriage equality bill in Hawaii, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is delaying the date for the filing of briefs in the pending lawsuit.

Equality on Trial reports:

The filing points out that “the Hawai’i Legislature’s enactment of marriage equity for same-sex couples would likely moot the current appeal.” They note that a delay would “preserve the resources” of the parties and the court, given that the issue could be resolved outside the federal court system. Governor Abercrombie took no position on the request. The Hawaii Family Forum, defendant-intervenors in the lower court and on appeal, also took no position. Hawaii’s Health Director Loretta Fuddy consented to the request.

All eyes will be on Hawaii next month as the legislature considers the issue.

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USA, Illinois: Will Marriage Equality Bill Come Up During Veto Session?

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Illinois mapAs the Fall’s “Veto Session” approaches in late October, gay activists are looking for more votes for the marriage equality Bill.

Go Pride reports:

Zero. That is the number of on-record “yes” votes for marriage equality added since May 31. But LGBT leaders say that support for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, SB10, is growing and they intend to see a vote on the bill during this fall’s veto session. LGBT leaders and sponsors are in the midst of a massive push to pass the bill, after an attempt to do so fell short during the spring session in May.

It’s been awfully quiet over there – anyone have a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on in Springfield?

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USA, Hawaii: Governor Abercrombie Calls for Marriage Equality Special Session

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Hawaii Governor Neil AbercrombieHawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie is calling for a special session of the Hawaii legislature to pass the marriage equality bill.

Maui Now reports:

Governor Neil Abercrombie called for a special session to begin Oct. 28 to address the issue of marriage equity. The announcement was made during a news conference that was streamed live on the governor’s website this afternoon. “The reason for the session taking place prior to the opening of the regular session next year is that there are serious, deep, and wide ranging consequences, particularly in regard to tax law that have to be in effect by Dec. 31, if they are to be taken full advantage of, presuming that the bill has enough votes for passage,” said Gov. Abercrombie.

Marriage equality this year in Hawaii?

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USA, Hawaii: Special Session for Marriage Equality “Likely” As Religious Leaders Endorse Bill

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Hawaii Governor Neil AbercrombieTwo dozen Hawaiian religious leaders endorsed the marriage equality bill. LGBTQ Nation reports:

More than two dozen Hawaii faith leaders of various religions signed a resolution Monday calling the state to pass a law legalizing gay marriage. Jewish, Unitarian, Methodist and other leaders read and signed the poster-sized declaration at an interfaith brunch at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu. “It’s all about standing on the right side of history,” said Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kupono Kwong of the First Unitarian Church.

Meanwhile, Governor Abercrombie thinks a special session is likely:

The gathering, organized by Hawaii United for Marriage, comes one day after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that it’s very likely there will be a special session to take up the issue. Abercrombie told the newspaper that he’s more concerned that any bill is legally sound than about timing. The Legislature begins its normal session in January.

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