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April 07, 2009

Marriage Decisions

Well there was big news today in regards to rights for same-sex couples.  Vermont's legislature was able to override their governor's veto and became the fourth state to legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples, and Washington DC's council voted to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in other states.  Add on to that the unanimous decision from Iowa's supreme court that struck down their same-sex marriage ban, and it has been quite an exciting two weeks.

What I am hoping for is that it will light a fire under the Maryland legislature to extend civil marriage rights to same-sex couples as well.  For a state that has called itself "The Freedom State" it is starting to fall behind when it comes to rights.  The other thing I think we could see is a re-examination of the Federal Defense Of Marriage Act.  With a big part of the Federal government being in DC, and if the surrounding area such as Maryland and some Northern Virginia counties extend civil marriage rights, there will be a lot of unhappy federal workers if their employer continues to deny them their rights.  It would finally start putting more pressure on the Federal government to re-examine this outdated law.

For now though, I am just sitting back and watching to see where things go next.