The big news for gay marriage as of late has been the strides being made in Maryland. (I recently clued you in on the grip gay marriage legislation had on the water cooler conversations there.) The state’s gay marriage bill recently passed the Senate by the skin of its teeth with a 25-to-21 vote. The bill now heads to the House, but even with a Democratic majority it’s not looking like a shoe-in.
A anti-gay marriage bill recently passed in the Wyoming Senate, but luckily died a rightful death in the state’s House.
A New Hampshire House committee is planning to vote on an anti-gay marriage bill that will resend the state’s current gay marriage law. (N.H. is one of only six states that have legalized gay marriage.) The vote will decide if the bill should be considered in this session of Congress or be tabled until next year. We’re hoping for the latter. The vote should have come down yesterday. I’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
The city council in Asheville, N.C. approved a resolution supporting same-sex couples. If only the rest of the state would follow suit.
In DOMA news, a government lawyer told a federal judge in San Francisco the Defense of Marriage Act should still be enforced in a case regarding a gay lawyer and her partner who are in the midst of suing the government because of DOMA. Karen Golinski is suing because her employer refused to authorize family health coverage for her wife. They say Obama’s recent announcement that his administration would no longer defend DOMA is “irrelevant.” So, this whole this was B.S.?
Gay Muslims are fighting for the right to have gay Islamic marriages in the U.K. BBC News has a great investigative piece on the topic.
UPDATE (3/3): The New Hampshire House voted 15-0 to table the same-sex marriage repeal bill they’ve been considering until next. While Wyoming legislation banning recognition of out-of-state gay marriages was narrowly voted down (16-14) by their Senate Wednesday.