July 31, 2008
Same Sex Marriage in Massachusetts
The Mass. Governor signed into law a repeal of the 1913 law barring same sex couples from marrying in Mass. if the marriage would violate their home state's laws. See Boston Herald Article here.
Now, couples can travel to Mass. to get married, even if their home state has a mini-DOMA. Here's the rub: the marriage will not be recognized in their home state due to the mini-DOMA, thus, the effect of the ceremony will remain largely ceremonious. Of course, this is not the case in New York, where the courts will recognize out-of-state same sex marriages due to the Martinez decision.
July 27, 2008
Don't Ask Don't Tell Could Go
For the first time in 15 years, a house panel is considering the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (the military policy forbidding gays and lesbians from openly expressing their sexual identity in the military). See CNN Article (CNN.com, House Weighs Overturning Don't Ask Don't Tell, July 23, 2008).
This comes on the heels of a new study finding that 75% of those polled support the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. See Washington Post-ABC News Poll (washingtonpost.com, July 19, 2008, Acceptance of Gay People in Military Grows Dramatically).