Gay Marriage Bills

What's up in the news today? If it's newsworthy, it should be discussed here.

Moderators: selective_soldier, drtom, edu999, devilnuts

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby Rico » Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:35 am

Sunday Update: "Not so fast"

The coming marriage equality vote in the Maryland House of Delegates is now thought to be in jeopardy due to a ferocious campaign by anti-gay Christianists. Only a couple of days ago the vote was considered to be an easy win. From the Washington Blade:

Backers said that as of this week, the number of delegates who have publicly declared their support for the bill was just short of the 71 votes needed in the 141-member House. “There’s an effort to derail this bill like none I’ve seen before,” said gay State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), the author and one of the lead sponsors of the marriage equality bill in the Senate. In a telephone news briefing on Friday, Madaleno said the mainstream media have repeatedly reported an earlier assumption that support for the bill was greater in the House than in the Senate, and approval of the measure in the Senate guaranteed its passage in the House. With opponents, including the Maryland Catholic Conference and the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage, applying enormous pressure on wavering delegates, Madaleno and Equality Maryland officials said support in the House might be in jeopardy.
In the Beginning there was nothing, and God said: 'Let there be Light." There was still nothing, but you could see it.
User avatar
Rico
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 1040
Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2004 8:20 pm
Location: Baltimore-Washington

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby nimby » Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:42 am

Rico wrote:Sunday Update: "Not so fast"

The coming marriage equality vote in the Maryland House of Delegates is now thought to be in jeopardy due to a ferocious campaign by anti-gay Christianists. Only a couple of days ago the vote was considered to be an easy win. From the Washington Blade:

Backers said that as of this week, the number of delegates who have publicly declared their support for the bill was just short of the 71 votes needed in the 141-member House. “There’s an effort to derail this bill like none I’ve seen before,” said gay State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery County), the author and one of the lead sponsors of the marriage equality bill in the Senate. In a telephone news briefing on Friday, Madaleno said the mainstream media have repeatedly reported an earlier assumption that support for the bill was greater in the House than in the Senate, and approval of the measure in the Senate guaranteed its passage in the House. With opponents, including the Maryland Catholic Conference and the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage, applying enormous pressure on wavering delegates, Madaleno and Equality Maryland officials said support in the House might be in jeopardy.

Well now would seem the right time to start a campaign of your own. Email everyone who matters in your state. Write the best, most compassionate appeal you have ever written and email it to everyone who will have a vote. This is your time to shine Rico, do your magic!!
"Why do we have asteroids in the hemisphere and hemmorroids in the a$$ ? "
User avatar
nimby
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 2908
Joined: Thu May 08, 2008 3:35 pm
Location: Toronto, ON

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby madsglen » Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:19 pm

Barring some major development, it appears that the Washington State House of Representatives will vote to approve same-sex marriage on Monday 2/6. The State Senate approved the bill last week with bipartisan support. Granted, it was limited bipartisan support but the support by a handful of Republicans in the State Senate was still pretty significant. Unfortunately, given the referendum process we have here, there's already a signature-gathering drive gearing up and an movement will be in place to put a vote to overturn the law on the November ballot before the ink on the Governor's signature is even dry. Still, for a few minutes at least, we can enjoy the satisfaction of the accomplishment that's involved years of effort and sacrifice by so many.
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek - Joseph Campbell
User avatar
madsglen
Member
 
Posts: 410
Joined: Sat Sep 10, 2005 1:40 am
Location: Seattle, WA

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby olywaguy » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:03 am

They can't start collecting signatures until the governor signs the bill into law. In order to put the law as a referendum, they have to collect 120,577 signatures before June 6 which is when the law goes into effect.

Why do we always have to cut these things so close?

Article from the Seattle Times:

Wash. House committee advances gay marriage bill
Carlos

"I just want to suck his tongue out of his mouth !"--JPaul


http://www.askcarlos.com/
http://carlos-the-critic.blogspot.com/
User avatar
olywaguy
Moderator
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:08 pm
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby olywaguy » Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:59 am

In the economy that we currently have, you'd thing more people would be enthusiastic about allowing gay marriage in their state.

Immediately upon adopting it as a law, you automatically doubled the profits of the wedding industry which includes not only bakeries, photographers, florists, justices of the peace/judges, but also the agriculture and housing industries. Housing, of course, is what gets this country moving economically.


Image

Image

Image
Carlos

"I just want to suck his tongue out of his mouth !"--JPaul


http://www.askcarlos.com/
http://carlos-the-critic.blogspot.com/
User avatar
olywaguy
Moderator
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:08 pm
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby olywaguy » Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:31 pm

This just in...Prop 8 called unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Expected to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Take a look at the decision at:

http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/content/vie ... 0000000580

Article on Prop 8
Carlos

"I just want to suck his tongue out of his mouth !"--JPaul


http://www.askcarlos.com/
http://carlos-the-critic.blogspot.com/
User avatar
olywaguy
Moderator
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:08 pm
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby DeckApe » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:37 am

I find that encouraging. And those strawberries are awesome. :D
DeckApe
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 1675
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:52 pm
Location: Pacific Northwest

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby olywaguy » Wed May 30, 2012 9:12 pm

The latest news pertaining to California's gay marriage case.

[quote]

Judge: Anti-gay marriage law is unconstitutional
LISA LEFF | Associated Press • Published May 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – A judge in California has ruled that the federal law that prohibits recognition of same-sex unions is unconstitutional because it denies long-term health insurance benefits to legal spouses of state employees and retirees.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken also concluded Thursday that a section of the federal tax code that made the domestic partners of state workers ineligible for long-term care insurance similarly violates the civil rights of people in gay and lesbian relationships. Both laws were based on what she called "moral condemnation" of same-sex couples.

"Congress's restriction on state-maintained long-term care plans lacks any rational relationship to a legitimate government interest, but rather appears to be motivated by antigay animus," Wilken wrote in ordering the California Public Employees' Retirement System to allow current and former state employees to enroll their same-sex spouses and partners in the extended care plan.

Congress passed both laws that the Oakland, Calif.-based judge determined to be constitutionally suspect in 1996, when the gay rights movement was just beginning to push for the state and local benefits that come with marriage. She is the second federal judge in California this year to conclude that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the due process rights of legally married same-sex couples.

A San Francisco judge also declared the federal law unconstitutional in February in a separate case involving a federal court employee, who married during the brief period when same-sex marriages were legal in California, was not allowed to add her wife to her regular employer-sponsored health care plan. That ruling is under appeal and is scheduled to be heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September.

"Lesbian and gay couples are entitled to fair and equal treatment from the federal government," Elizabeth Kristen of Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, which sued the U.S. Treasury Department and California's pension plan two years ago on behalf of three same-sex couples. "Judge Wilken's ruling ensures that both same-sex spouses and registered domestic partners will be treated fairly with respect to the CalPERS long-term care insurance program."

Lawyers representing a House of Representatives committee that has taken on the job of defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court since the Obama administration said it no longer would did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Wilken said she would stay her decision in the event of an appeal.

The program to which the plaintiffs in the case Wilken decided are seeking access covers the cost of in-home care and other services for people who need help with basic daily tasks because of age, injury or chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.

In seeking to end their exclusion from the program, the same-sex couples had argued that state workers and retirees are allowed to enroll not only heterosexual husbands and wives, but siblings and step-siblings, nieces and nephews, in-laws and stepparents.

Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2012/05/25/2 ... k=misearch#storylink=cpy

[quote]
Carlos

"I just want to suck his tongue out of his mouth !"--JPaul


http://www.askcarlos.com/
http://carlos-the-critic.blogspot.com/
User avatar
olywaguy
Moderator
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:08 pm
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby olywaguy » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:31 am

Gay Marriage Votes:

--Washington State passed gay marriage 51% to 48% in favor
http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/Refe ... ounty.html

--Maryland passed same sex marriage.

--Maine passed same sex marriage. That makes two states that passed same sex marriage on a ballot now. The trend is breaking.

--Minnesota has an initiative to ban gay marriage and the votes are very close.
http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/MN#house


source: http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/race/ballot
Carlos

"I just want to suck his tongue out of his mouth !"--JPaul


http://www.askcarlos.com/
http://carlos-the-critic.blogspot.com/
User avatar
olywaguy
Moderator
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:08 pm
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby olywaguy » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:24 am

The decisions are in!!


DOMA is declared unconstitutional. Married gays will now receive same benefits as straight couples.

Proposition 8 is struck down based on standing. Individuals can't bring a case to SCOTUS. Has to be submitted by the Governor or the Attonrey General of the state. Gay marriage resumes in California

Read the DOMA and Proposition 8 decisions by the U.S Supreme Court.

* United States v. Windsor (DOMA)
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12 ... 7_g2bh.pdf

* Hollingsworth v. Perry (Proposition 8) (For some reason the system is reading the number 8 and the right parentheses as a smiley icon).
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12 ... 4_8ok0.pdf
Carlos

"I just want to suck his tongue out of his mouth !"--JPaul


http://www.askcarlos.com/
http://carlos-the-critic.blogspot.com/
User avatar
olywaguy
Moderator
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:08 pm
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby DeckApe » Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:28 pm

...and two years to the day, marriage equality is the law of the land.
DeckApe
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 1675
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 5:52 pm
Location: Pacific Northwest

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby Guinness Fan » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:25 pm

It'll be interesting to see how the individual U.S. States take the Supreme Court ruling ~ especially with next year being a presidential election year...
God Created Guinness To Ensure The Irish Will Never Rule the World‏
User avatar
Guinness Fan
Veteran Member
 
Posts: 663
Joined: Sat Jan 07, 2006 9:08 am
Location: International

Re: Gay Marriage Bills

Postby olywaguy » Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:20 pm

Not very well. Some states and individual counties are reacting badly by going as far as doing away with giving out marriage licenses to anybody that means even heterosexual couples would not be able to get married in their own county or state. Yes, they are very bad sore losers.
Carlos

"I just want to suck his tongue out of his mouth !"--JPaul


http://www.askcarlos.com/
http://carlos-the-critic.blogspot.com/
User avatar
olywaguy
Moderator
 
Posts: 1674
Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:08 pm
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi

Previous

Return to Current Affairs

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest