Supporters of gay families should be pleased with recent developments in our fight for equality. New Hampshire recently approved civil unions and Massachusetts lawmakers blocked a proposed ballot measure to ban gay marriage. In New York, the State Assembly passed a marriage equality bill that was introduced by Gov. Eliot Spitzer. The bill still has to pass the state Senate.
Massachusetts is the only state where gay marriage is legal, but nine other states have approved spousal rights in some form for same-sex couples—Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maine, California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.
California, which now has a domestic partnership law, will probably be the next major battleground. Its legislature is expected to pass a bill this year allowing gay couples to marry, although the Republican governor has said he would veto it. A separate legal challenge to California’s one man-one woman marriage law is headed to the state Supreme Court.