June 2007

Week of June 17, 2007

Foreigners Take Lead In Toronto Same-Sex Weddings. TORONTO (Reuters). In the city that was home to Canada’s first legalized gay wedding — and the host of the country’s biggest and brashest Pride Week celebrations — so far this year only one marriage license has been issued to a Canadian same-sex couple. That compares with 319 that have been issued to same-sex couples from the United States and other countries, and it’s well below the hundreds of Canadian homosexual couples who tied the knot in previous years.

New York Approves Gay Marriage. ALBANY (WNBC). Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, sponsored by the openly gay brother of entertainer Rosie O’Donnell and supported by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, was approved 85-61 by the state Assembly Tuesday after an often emotional three-hour debate.

Week of June 10, 2007

Right of gays to marry set for years to come: vote keeps proposed ban off 2008 state ballot. BOSTON (Boston Globe). The Legislature, in a vote as swift as it was historic, reaffirmed the state’s first-in-the-nation same-sex marriage ruling yesterday, unequivocally protecting the rights of gays and lesbians to wed in Massachusetts until at least 2012.

The Moment On Marriage. BOSTON (Boston Globe). The issue of gay marriage returns to Beacon Hill this week, for what could be the final legislative showdown.

Week of June 3, 2007

Gay Marriage Bill Advances: Assembly passes measure that governor has vowed to block with a veto. SACRAMENTO (SacBee.com). California’s gay and lesbian couples could legally marry in the state under legislation approved Tuesday by the Assembly for the second time in two years. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who vetoed the 2005 legislation, said earlier this year that he would do so again.

Study: Legalizing Same Sex Unions Would Create Windfall STATEN ISLAND (Staten Island Advance). A new study finds that the legalization of marriage for same-sex partners could produce $142 million in economic benefits to New York City, according to a report issued today by the New York City Comptroller, William C. Thompson, Jr.

Marriage, Loving and The Law: A Supreme Court Ruling Resonates 40 Years Later. WASHINGTON, DC. (Washington Post). In June 1958, Virginia residents Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter traveled to the District, got married and returned home. An unexceptional story but for one fact: Richard was white and Mildred black. Their marriage therefore violated Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act. The Lovings were convicted in Virginia court and sentenced to a year in jail, with the sentence suspended on the condition that they leave Virginia and not return together for 25 years.