The other day I posted about various state-level efforts on same-sex partnership recognition, mentioning what's going on in Iowa, Wyoming, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, and Rhode Island. Readers let me know that I left a few states out.
Add Florida to that list, which has introduced a bill in its house to recognize domestic partnerships that are the same as marriage in terms of rights. They'd be available to all couples, regardless of the sex of the people in them. (Thanks to Gregg who emailed in a link.)
In Pennsylvania, Republicans took control of the house in 2010 (they already controlled the senate) and may try to pass a ban on same-sex marriage. A commenter wrote that a bill to legalize same-sex marriage may also be introduced in February.
In Indiana, Bilerico contributor Don Sherfick points out that a marriage ban might be sought:
Indeed, Bil. Your and Alex's home state (though I'm not sure he still claims it! [I have family, vote, and bank in that state, so I can't get away just yet. -Ed.]) has seen an earlier proposed amendment (SJR-7) get through the GOP-dominated state senate but fail to get a majority in committee in a House very narrowly controlled by the Democrats. With last November's elections reflecting GOP gains nationally, advocates hope that a new and more onerous measure will gain easy approval.
We all thought SJR-7 was bad enough, but at least its sponsors are on record as claiming it only applied to "activist judges", but left the legislature alone. They even went so far that this is as it SHOULD be in a representative democracy.
But now, without fanfare (or wanting any) the measure (SJR-13 and HJR-6) has been changed to wipe out any real possibility that the rapidly changing attitudes of national and Indiana voters could be reflected in Indiana's laws. The message still focuses only on "unelected activist judges".
Whether or not they will respond to valid questions as to why the change and why they won't entertain ANY modification to recognize the Indiana legislature's powers rights remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
In DC, Congressional Republicans are considering a bill to ban same-sex couples from marrying in the District. While I don't imagine it getting through the Senate, what is it with the unelected (by the people in DC) legislators thinking they can define marriage for other people?
An activist who works with ONE Colorado emailed me to say that the state will be pursuing civil unions later this year.
In updates to the last post, Iowa's senate isn't even passing procedural measures that might help get the marriage ban through, and a Quinnipiac Poll in New York found the highest support for marriage there ever, 56-37.