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February 22, 2011

Other states may extend rights to gay couples

Maryland's state senate is expected to begin debating the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Act on Wednesday -- it's one of several state legislative bodies across the country poised to extend rights to same sex couples.

Hawaii: Newly elected Democratic Gov. Neil Abercromie is expected to sign into law a bill allowing civil unions on Wednesday. The state's legislature has approved civil unions several times in the past only to have it vetoed by the previous Republican governor.

Rhode Island: Newly elected Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent, says he will sign a same-sex marriage bill into law. Also, the Speaker of the House in RI is gay, and co-sponsored the measure. A bill has been heard in a House Judiciary Committee.

New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo campaigned on same-sex marriage and said earlier this month he will push the New York state legislature to pass a measure. A similar bill failed last year in the senate  after passing in the state assembly. The New York Times notes that Cuomo has an uphill battle since the senate became more conservative after November's elections.

California: The state's supreme court said it will weigh-in on whether a ballot initiative that denied gay marriage should be overturned on procedural grounds. The CA court is not expected to rule until the end of the year.

Illinois: In January Illinois' governor signed into a law a civil unions bill for gay couples.

Same sex-marriage are allowed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 7:35 AM | | Comments (5)
        

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A bit of balance folks, please. I notice you failed to mention that the Rhode Island attempt, in spite of being in heavily Dem territory is currently going nowhere.
Then there are the states where things are moving the other way where the following have approved constitutional amendments banning gay marriages:
- Iowa House of Reps (overwhelmingly)
- Indiana House of Reps (overwhelmingly)
- Wyoming Senate (overwhelmingly)

Other states regarded as likely to move to ban gay marriage include North Carolina and New Hampshire. So try to balance your reporting a wee bit - please!

Cool. It's time America.
Cheers, Joe Mustich,
CT Justice of the Peace,
Washington Green, CT USA.

Kudos to CT for supporting SSM since 2008!

The states with strong marriage police are moving back to the 20th century.

Lets move forward with civil and contractual rights.
Joe Mustich, JP
Washington Green, CT USA

Marriage licenses come from town halls not church halls and such....

Hey other Steve, you might balance your own reporting:

- In Iowa, this bill is going nowhere because it is blocked in the Senate, and polls show a majority of Iowans don't want their legislators even touching this issue.

- In NH, the bill is going nowhere because house leadership wants to hold it until next year. Also, a 2/3 majority of the states population does not want the repeal.

- In Indiana and Wyoming, the amendments proposed do not change the legal status of anything, they merely recodify the same existing discrimination up one more level.

Look at the rest of the world.

W. Europe - 7 countries marriage, Finland changing RP to marriage. Only two countries without M or CUs, italy and greece, and the primate (archbishop) of Greek Orthodox church there said he supports M as long as church is protected.

Looks like its coming soon in England, witth various parties trying to one up each other re supporting marriage

Western Hemisphere - Canada, Columbia(common law), Argentina, mexico with M

Most of Brazil, Equador, Uruguay with CUs. Peru and Chile likely next

Ea Europe - Hungary, Austria, Chech repub with CU

Israel and nepal and RSA marriage

NZ, AU CUs, lots of activity in AU re going to marriage.

Japan: re4cognizes gay marriages from elsewhere as long as one of the spouses is not Japanese and othere is. There is no religioous animosity against gays there, but they tend to be confomrist
society

Why is America so backwards, almost like the Islamic and communist states.

We should all be ashamed

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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