Voters in Arizona reject a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage, marking the first time such a measure has been rejected by voters. The decision prompts the state to enact a law in allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil unions.
Skip to content. A spokesman for John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the U. A marriage between persons of the same sex is void and prohibited. A person authorized to join persons in marriage and who fails or refuses to join persons in marriage is not subject to any fine or other penalty for such failure or refusal.
Continuing jurisdiction - proceed with caution? Constitution banning same-sex marriage nationwide, is introduced in the U. Section 5 sets forth the underlying purpose of the Act:. A marriage between persons of the same sex is void. There are 1, benefits, rights and protections available to married couples in federal law alone, according to a General Accounting Office assessment made in
Any marriage of New Hampshire residents recognized as valid in the state prior to the effective date of this section shall continue to be recognized as valid on or after the effective date of this section. Despite being nicknamed the "Equality State" and touting "Equal Rights" as its official motto which was earned as the first territory to allow women to voteWyoming had been the second state to legally ban same-sex marriage in the US via a statute passed in What that means for Illinois, which did not abolish civil unions in favor of marriage but decided to permit both, is not clear.
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Con 10 Marriage is an outmoded, oppressive institution that should be weakened, not expanded. Amendments to the Illinois Civil Union Act Respect for marriages and civil unions entered into in other jurisdictions.
Neither this Constitution nor any other provision of law shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.