Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Gay marriage in the USA - Legislatures Take Action

After last November's crushing disappointment with the passage of Proposition 8 in California, I must say that I'm extremely heartened to observe that the movement for gay rights in the United States has not only not slowed down, but appears to be gaining momentum in both the courts and state legislatures.

Today, the District of Columbia city council voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions and the House of Representatives in Maine is set to vote later today on a bill to legalize same-sex marrage. The state Senate voted in favour of the bill, and so most observers are expecting that the heavily Democratic house will follow suit. There's a veritable cluster of same-sex marriages and domestic partner registries emerging in the Northeast. Hopefully this momentum will help the proposal that is emerging in New York.

Now if only Obama would stop being such a weasel and get rid of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

UPDATE: The Maine House voted in favour of the bill 89-58 but there is a possibility that the state governor, a Democrat who is opposed to same-sex marriage, will veto the bill.

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