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Legal Round-Up

Sorry for the WiE radio silence lately; I’ve been occupied with the start of school (my kids’ and my own) and some time-consuming projects.

Here’s the link to this week’s 365gay column; it’s a round-up of a few recent developments that, I think, bode well for LGBT couples.

There won’t be too many more columns, and then I’ll figure out my next writing move. Likely, the posting on this site will pick up.

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  1. Bill
    September 14th, 2011 at 20:22 | #1

    What to make of the NC Legislature having passed – quickly and stealthily – the bill to amend the NC state constitution? The amendment reeks, but the way it oozed through the process and then passed reeks worse.

    It will pass by a landslide, because the amendment referendum will be voted upon on Primary Day, next May. And since there is not going to be a Democratic primary, it will be pretty much only Republicans coming to the polls to vote on the amendment. This was not by accident, either.

    The state GOP leaders didn’t want the referendum to be on Election Day in November, because they know that more Democrats will be at the polls then than there will be at the polls in May. Not only that, the Democratic legislators who voted in favor of the amendment wanted the referendum to be in May… that way, they won’t have to defend their pro-amendment votes, come November.

    This thing stinks to high heaven.

  2. September 15th, 2011 at 02:31 | #2

    As anyone who’s already opened his or her internet browsers on Saturday knows, same-sex marriage is coming to New York.

    Late Friday night, in an eleventh-hour vote on the issue, the Republican-led Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

    The Democratic-led state Assembly had already signed off on the bill, so after the Senate vote, the only remaining piece of business required to turn the bill into law was for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign it. He did so just before midnight, making the Empire State the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, joining Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. (Same-sex marriage is also legal in Washington, D.C.)

  3. September 15th, 2011 at 17:21 | #3

    They don’t want a fair fight. This will likely be the last state constitutional amendment, though. The tide is receding.

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