It’s been a tough year for marriage in the U.S.
In June, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and failed to rule on California’s marriage amendment. Those decisions set off a flurry of activity from gay activists trying to strike down marriage laws.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie called a special session of the Hawaii legislature to discuss the creation of same-sex unions. Rep. Gene Ward said he will vote against the bill.
“The people out there really are not totally for this,” he told Hawaii News Now. “I think it’s an exception that we have a special session for what now is for a very select, very narrow reason. There’s not a state or federal guarantee to same-sex marriage, so why are we rushing?”
New Mexico is also debating same-sex marriage. The state Supreme Court has agreed to decide the issue. Several county clerks began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and a legal challenge was filed to stop them. Rep. Anna Crook is one of 29 lawmakers who joined the lawsuit. She welcomes the court’s intervention.
“It’s been absolute chaos,” the Republican told Reuters. “We need to have a ruling one way or the other instead of ‘My county can; yours can’t.’”
Arizona is also being targeted by activists to overturn its marriage amendment. But this week, it was announced that the same-sex marriage initiative did not have the support to move forward. Cathi Herrod, with the Center for Arizona Policy is grateful that people stood firm on marriage, but said the battle is far from over.
“Redefining marriage is a nonstarter today in Arizona regardless of the out-of-state money and numerous political operatives that poured into our state for this failed effort,” she said.
“Proponents of same-sex marriage have made it clear their goal is to put this issue on the ballot in 2016. Our resolve to stand together for our families and our future must remain resolute.”