Domestic Partner and Marriage, Adoption Bans on November Ballots
Drnach, Melody, National NOW Times
Several ballot initiatives and state constitutional amendments this fall, as well as several state legislatures, will consider whether to restrict the legal rights of same-sex and other cohabiting couples, or limit their ability to receive equal benefits through marriage or domestic partnerships.
In California, signatures are being certified to place the Elimination of Domestic Partnerships Initiative on the November ballot. It provides that "only marriage between one man and one woman is valid or recognized in California." In addition, advocates of the "California Marriage Protection Act" gathered twice the number of signatures they needed.
This amendment to the state constitution, if approved, would define marriage in California as between one man and one woman, and prohibit the legislature from passing future pro-marriage bills that would expand the concept of marriage, while also stopping/reversing current cases that might lead to marriage rights for same-sex couples. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will oppose any such amendments to the state constitution.
The Florida Marriage Protection Amendment seeks to ban same-sex marriage and domestic partner recognition and will be on the November ballot. This amendment to the state constitution would define marriage as the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife and would prohibit any other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent.
Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Florida, but passage would write this discrimination into the state constitution, preventing state judges from overturning the law to allow gay marriage and opening doors to lawsuits challenging domestic partner benefits of any kind.
Illinois voters may be asked to decide whether their General Assembly should propose an amendment to the state constitution to be submitted to the voters at the 2010 election. …