Gay Wedding Headlines — May 2007

Week of May 28, 2007

NH Civil Union Bill Signed CONCORD (UnionLeader.com). New Hampshire became the fourth state to legalize civil unions yesterday, as Gov. John Lynch signed legislation into law saying it was in keeping with the state’s anti-discrimination tradition.

Week of May 21, 2007

HRC’s Equally Speaking: NC Update (HRC.org) – Anti-gay legislators in North Carolina may force a vote on a marriage amendment. There are already two laws on the books in North Carolina that exclude same-sex couples from marriage, but anti-gay zealots are determined to make it three.

In Support of Marriage. Period. CONNECTICUT (TheDay.com) – The last time I addressed the matter of same-sex marriage, I received a few foul letters criticizing my stance, challenging my masculinity and questioning my morals. Well, considering that the matter is back in the news, I think it’s time I told the truth. I don’t give a damn about same-sex marriage. I don’t care about opposite-sex marriage. I support the institution of marriage, no adjectives required.

Week of May 14, 2007

Massachusetts Court Validates Marriages of New York Same-Sex Couples (The Advocate) – The Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders announced Tuesday that same-sex couples from New York who were married in Masschusetts between May 17, 2004, and July 6, 2006, now have legally valid marriages.

 

Lawyers Argue Legal Status of Civil Unions HARTFORD (New York Times) – Connecticut’s highest court became the first in the nation on Monday to hear arguments over whether the establishment of civil unions created a fundamentally inferior status for gays and lesbians. But in pondering a new appeal for same-sex marriage, the State Supreme Court’s seven justices also focused on another fundamental question: whether laws that make distinctions based on sexual orientation, like those governing marriage, merit scrutiny similar to that given laws that discriminate based on race or gender.

 

Week of May 7, 2007

Bill Passed Simplifying Name Changes for Husbands, Same-Sex Couples SACRAMENTO (San Jose Mercury News)- Suppose you are a husband who, upon marriage, would rather take your wife’s last name. Or maybe you are in a domestic partnership and want to take your partner’s surname, or create a new name altogether.