Hello all. I had nine hours of sleep (in a row!) last night. In celebration, I thought I’d post something for the first time in Donkeys’. So, how about a roundup of recent news from the US gay marriage front? (Be sure to add anything I’ve missed in comments!)
- New Hampshire: The New Hampshire House on Monday soundly rejected a bill repealing the state’s new gay marriage law, voting by a two-to-one margin to kill it.
- New Mexico: An attempt to define marriage as between one man and one woman failed in the Senate Rules Committee Monday by a vote of 5-2.
- Illinios: Illinois’s likely GOP gubernatorial candidate, state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) filed a proposed amendment on Feb. 10. It calls for amending the Illinois Constitution “to provide that a marriage can only be between one man and one woman.” If approved it would also ban recognition any “uniting of persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership, or other similar same sex relationship.”
- DC: The Archdiocese of Washington has decided to drop its foster care program in light of D.C.’s pending gay marriage law. “It was a very high-quality program, so this was really hard,” archdiocesan spokeswoman Susan Gibbs said of the foster care/adoption service. “We said last fall that we could not continue this program if the bill was passed as written. Well, this has come to pass.”
- Texas (Gods bless Texas. How fricking funny is this?!): The attorney general of Texas says a divorce granted recently to a pair of lesbians (married in Mass.) is invalid because state law does not recognize their same-sex marriage.
And finally, fabulous and tragically poignant all at once,
- New York State: Kitty Lambert and her partner, Cheryle Rudd, tried to apply for a marriage license in Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday. When their application was rejected, Lambert asked for a random man from the nearly 20 people gathered in the city clerk’s office. She and a male stranger less than half her age were issued the marriage license.