July 13, 2011

N.Y. Becomes Sixth And Largest State To Legalize Gay Marriage

New York becomes the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. After contentious negotiations, New York legislatures passed a bill to legalize gay marriage and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law late Friday evening, June 24, 2011.
March 18, 2011

Hawaii Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill legalizing same-sex civil unions, making the state the seventh in the U.S. to enable gay couples to be joined in a legally-recognized union, if not actually married.  The debate over civil unions has been a very contentious issues in Hawaii.  Last year, Republican Governor vetoed the measure.  Outraged ensued, including some talk of boycotts on state tourism from gay rights groups.  Despite the State’s first failed attempt at passing the […]
August 12, 2010

Judge Strikes Down California’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

On August 4, 2010, a federal judge in California knocked down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.  Proposition 8 restricts the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples, and overturns the California Supreme Court’s ruling of In re Marriage Cases that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.  The next big issue in the case is whether the temporary stay that Judge Walker granted, which stops […]