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  1. bobbleobble 24 Apr 2013, 1:04am

    I believe that is now four states where one chamber of government has passed legislation allowing for SSM, Delaware, Illinois, Rhode Island and Nevada although of course Nevada has the requirement of a referendum on top.

    Definitely progress underway and Minnesota is also considering SSM although neither chamber has considered the legislation properly yet.

  2. Bobble, right about no! Except not on referendum, but it has to go through the legislature a second time. Earliest this could happen is 2015.

    On another nitpicky note, the prop 8 trail was before, not after the DOMA trial. As this article suggests.

    1. bobbleobble 24 Apr 2013, 12:19pm

      I knew it was more complicated than I’d stated but I couldn’t be bothered finding out what the actual process was! Thanks for clarifying.

  3. NV*** not no. Sorry, autocorrect on iPad.

  4. That There Other David 24 Apr 2013, 12:01pm

    The referendum victories last November really have set the ball rolling in the US. Is there a magic number of states that need to bring in marriage equality before the remainder must offer them to their own residents? Or will the likes of Arkansas and Texas be able to deny equal rights indefinitely?

    1. bobbleobble 24 Apr 2013, 12:18pm

      They can hold out indefinitely. Of course it’s possible that during the Prop 8 trial the Supreme Court will find a right for SSM in the US Constitution in which case they’ve got not choice but to offer SSM. I don’t think that will happen this time but it might in the future if and when the next marriage case goes before them.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Apr 2013, 12:40pm

      The Supreme Court stacked with 5 very staunch conservative catholic justices will probably find DOMA unconstitutional, but that’s where it ends. It will leave it up to each state to decide if they wish to introduce equal marriage. There is a misconception in America and elsewhere from what I’ve read that striking down DOMA means a blanket order for all states to introduce EM, not the case. It would be too radical for those 5 justices to rule that way. The imbalance of the Supreme court with 9 justices, 6 of them Catholics and the other 3 are Jewish. I don’t find that very democratic or representative of the United States.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 24 Apr 2013, 1:12pm

        Also, Rhode Island votes in the full senate today, probably will pass.

      2. Um… Kennedy isn’t *that* conservative. He tends to side with the conservative justices but he is the swing vote and has sided with gay rights before. Furthermore, it is his vote that could bring down section 3.

        To answer the former question, the DOMA lawsuit only foucses on section 3 of DOMA, which is the part that forces the Federal government to not recognize marriages performed in each state. Section 2 is the part that says one state doesn’t have to recognize a marriage in another. Section 2 is thorougly unconstitutional but the question hasn’t come before SCOTUS yet. It will take another lawsuit, most likely.

  5. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 24 Apr 2013, 5:39pm

    The Delaware legislature wraps up for the year in May 2013, they only have 1 week left to pass both the Senate Committee and the Senate Floor of Delaware…

    The SSM Bill must have at least 11 votes to pass in the Senate – the repeal of the death penalty bill last month passed in the Dalaware Senate with just a vote of 11-10. The vote will be close indeed!

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