Oct 30, 2008

Anti-Gay Laws on Ballot in Four States


California's Proposition 8, which would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry, has been getting national press for weeks. That's probably because it's the first such law that would actually take away existing marriage equality, as well as because campaigns on both sides are spending unprecedented amounts of money to get their message out.

But anti-gay laws are on the ballots in three other states as well.  

Florida's Amendment 2 would not only affirm the state's ban on same-sex marriages -- the constitutional amendment states that "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized." This means that couples married in California, Connecticut, or Massachusetts, or legally joined in a domestic partnership or civil union in another state, would not be considered legal spouses or partners in Florida. The good news is that unlike Prop 8 in California, which would pass with a simple majority, Florida requires 60% of voters to approve Amendment 2.

Arizona's Proposition 102 is another amendment to write discrimination into the state constitution by limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples.

And Arkansas has a ballot initiative that would preclude any unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children in the state, called Initiated Act 1.