Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Ballot Initiatives on Same-Sex Marriage

News on the same-sex marriage ballot issues around the country:

  • Even though the State Board of Elections and a federal judge have ruled against them, Illinois conservatives who ardently oppose gay marriage say they will keep fighting to put a referendum on the issue before voters this November. The battleground now will be the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, where Protect Marriage Illinois - the group advancing the referendum - will argue that the state's election laws "excessively burden access" to the ballot, according to an 82-page brief filed in the case. Read more from the St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • Family Law Prof Barbara Atwood's editorial in the Arizona Daily Star argues that the marriage question on the Arizona ballot isn't clear-cut and should be removed
  • Colorado has officially added its own DOMA issue to the fall ballot
  • The proposed Wisconsin amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage is drawing fire from some business leaders, concerned about the effect on the tourist industry should the law pass.

(all sites visited August 16, 2006 bgf)

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