Hawaii’s state legislature is holding a special session this week to vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in that state. Hawaii was one of the first states to pass a constitutional amendment on the question, but it didn’t define marriage as amendments in other states have. Instead, it gave that power to the legislature.
The Utah Attorney General’s office responded to a complaint this week challenging Amendment Three in the state’s constitution that defines marriage as union between a man and a woman.
Three couples filed the Utah complaint in federal court just before the U-S Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Utah Attorney General John Swallow and his office responded with an answer to the complaint this week. Swallow says that the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA reinforces state’s rights to define marriage.
After a local scoutmaster organized a Boy Scout color guard for the Utah Pride Parade earlier this month, executives with the Great Salt Lake Council are threatening to expel that leader from the organization.
Members of the Boy Scouts Great Salt Lake Council met today to discuss how to vote on a proposal to partially lift a ban on gays in the organization. A final vote on the plan will take place at a national meeting later this month.