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One State Reverses Position on CA Marriage Decision Stay

Timothy Kincaid

June 2nd, 2008

Last week the Attorneys General of ten states united to request that the Supreme Court of California stay its decision to treat all citizens equal under the law until November: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah. They claimed that if California allowed gay couples to marry that this would create havoc and confusion for the court systems in their own states.

Immediately one state stood out from the others.

Although not all of these states have anti-gay marriage clauses in their constitution, only one state, New Hampshire, has taken efforts to offer recognition to same-sex relationships. And New Hampshire already had taken legislative steps to direct how out-of-state gay marriages would be treated – as civil unions.

Now it seems that the havoc and confusion caused by gay marriage in New Hampshire has been cleared up. Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, has now been apprised of the law in her state.

The Boston Globe reports

[O]n Saturday, Attorney General Kelly Ayotte announced that New Hampshire was withdrawing from the request because the state addresses the recognition issue in its civil union law.

She said under the law, New Hampshire will recognize a legal gay marriage from California as a civil union.

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Stefano
June 2nd, 2008 | LINK

I suppose this is “good news”. However, this leads me to ponder the question of if individuals married in California with the full privileges afforded to married individuals will be losing some of those privilegs when only recognized as a civil union.

werdna
June 3rd, 2008 | LINK

From what I’ve read New Hampshire’s civil unions are identical to marriages in all but name, so all rights, responsibilities and privileges should be retained by couples with a California marriage if they move to NH. As various states adopt different kinds of partnership/union/marriage laws transportability is going to be an increasingly complicated matter. Still, I’d rather have a somewhat lesser civil union or domestic partnership than nothing at all.

banshiii
June 3rd, 2008 | LINK

she jumped the gun, no?
makes ya wonder.

howller
June 4th, 2008 | LINK

Imagine the Lovings moving to New Hampshire after being granted full marriage rights only to be treated as second class.

Jessica G
June 4th, 2008 | LINK

Florida is particularly facing difficulties regarding their proposed Amendment 2. What makes Amendment 2 so deadly is that it not only affects Florida’s LGBT community, but the unmarried community as well (same-sex and different-sex). Amendment 2 should not only be viewed as a gay marriage ban because Florida already has laws against gay marriage. It is meant to go beyond this. Millions of Floridians are unmarried, and should not be forced to marry for the sake of issues such as financial stability. DOMESTIC PARTNERS registered in Tampa, Miami-Dade and other counties; they will lose their legal status. UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES could lose their job benefits. SENIOR CITIZENS; Unmarried senior citizens will be forced to marry and lose their pension plans or Social Security from a previous marriage, or remain unmarried and lose benefits provided by their present partner. Providing unmarried couples and specifically same-sex couples does not prevent any couple from getting married if they choose to. No family should be discriminated against based on their marital status.

Please vote NO on Amendment 2!

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