July 16, 2012

North Carolina Bans Same-Sex Marriage

North Carolina’s new law sparked mixed reactions across the country. North Carolina passed a law to outlaw same-sex marriage, which was already prohibited in the state. Supporters pushed for the constitutional amendment, arguing that it is needed to ward off future legal challenges.  Voters approved the amendment by a 61%-39% margin with all counties reporting, according to unofficial returns from the State Board of Elections.  According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans overall are closely […]
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 […]