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April 30, 2010

Lawmakers in Hawaii (the state that started it all) approve civil unions; governor's decision pending

In 1993, the Hawaii Supreme Court ordered the state government to show a compelling interest why same-sex couples should be prohibited from marrying.  A subsequent voter-approved change to the state constitution cut the legs out from under that decision, and the legislature voted to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. But the brief prospect that gays might be able to marry in Hawaii set off a stampede in Congress and other states to enact so-called "defense of marriage" acts.

Now, the state's lawmakers have approved a bill that would give same-sex and heterosexual couples the ability to enter into civil unions and enjoy the same rights as married couples under state law (though these would still not be "marriages"). The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, who has not said whether she would sign, veto or allow the bill to become law without her signature.

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April 29, 2010

New edition of Lambda's "Of Counsel-On Campus" now available

The latest edition of the "Of Counsel - On Campus" newsletter from Lambda Legal is now available.  The newsletter includes articles and links and focuses on issues of special interest to law students. 

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Analyses of arguments in Doe v. Reed petition signature case

Our colleague Ruthann Robson at Conlawprof Blog has an analysis of yesterday's arguments at the Supreme Courtin Doe v. Reed, which involves a claim that signing a petition should be protected by the First Amendment in order to avoid harassment.  The case arises out of a Washington state ballot initiative over same-sex marriage.  Veteran SCOTUSBlog reporter Lyle Denniston's take is here.  

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April 28, 2010

Supreme Court to hear arguments on whether gay marriage opponents can remain anonymous

Veteran ScotusBlog reporter Lyle Denniston has a preview of today's argument in a case that asks whether signers of a petition -- in this case, to get an initiative on the ballot to ban same-sex marriage -- may remain anonymous.

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