The Court avoided ruling on the issue of whether the California constitution would permit homogamy in the future (LifeSiteNews, August 12, 2004).
But in Washington State Judge William Downing has ruled that denying the "right" to "marry" to same-sex couples violates the constitution, in spite of the fact the state's constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Washington State's Supreme Court has said it will study the ruling. No homogamy licences will be issued while the Supreme Court reviews the decision (LifeSiteNews, August 4, 2004).
In Virginia the legislature passed by a vote of 69-31 a law banning contracts or other arrangements "between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage." The Virginia Senate supported the same bill by a vote of 27-12. The law became effective July 1, 2004.
Similarly, State of Missouri voters decided August 3, 2004, to introduce a constitutional ban on homogamy. Spokeswoman Vicky Hartzler of the Coalition to Protect Marriage says Missouri citizens want to see marriage protected from a legal challenge and therefore have made their wishes known to pre-empt activist judges.
The State of Louisiana followed suit on September 18. Then on November 2, 2004, the citizens of Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, and Utah voted with large majorities in state referenda during the general election to reject same-sex "marriage."
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|Title Annotation:||United States; same-sex marriage cases in US states|
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|Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
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