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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Gays want human rights, not marriage
By Eloisa Mayers

Gays in Bermuda are not looking to get married - what they really want are the same protections as other people under the Human Rights Act.
Last week Opposition Sen. Leonard Santucci called for discussion on the issue of gay marriage, saying that the current controversy in the US was likely to spread to the Island. But members of the gay community told The Royal Gazette yesterday that what they want to see are protections under the Human Rights Act if they are fired from a job or evicted from their apartment based on sexual orientation.
Gay marriages have been legalised in Canada, Hawaii and Alaska, and will be legalised in Massachusetts in May. The issue made headlines in the US recently when mayors in San Francisco and New York state started marrying gay couples and US President George W. Bush called for a Constitutional amendment establishing marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Lawyer Liz Christopher, who has spoken out on the issue previously in Bermuda, said sexual orientation needed to be added to the protected categories section of the Human Rights Act.


Marriage amendment proposed
Jeff Laszloffy, president of the Montana Family Foundation, announced Tuesday that his organization will introduce the Montana Marriage Amendment to define marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman.


Modrell's votes result in recall effort by local group
Political action committee heads recall effort for Commission Chairwoman, Linda Modrell
By Dan Traylor and Peter Chee
The Daily Barometer
Benton County Commission Chairwoman Linda Modrell is facing a recall effort led by a new citizens group following her recent votes in the ongoing same-sex marriage debate.


House committee hears bills on gay marriage
The Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The debate over gay marriage was to move to the House on Wednesday, with a committee hearing on bills on both sides of the issue. A Senate hearing last week attracted more than 100 people and dozens of speakers supporting or opposing same-sex marriage. Legislative hearings in Rhode Island and other states have been spurred by a November Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling which allows gay couples to marry. Same-sex weddings will become legal in Massachusetts in mid-May.

Experts Tell House Committee DOMA is Working Fine, A Constitutional Amendment Has Problems
by Bob Roehr
“Liberal activists...rogue judges legislating from the bench...and a handful of elected officials who have disregarded their own state laws regarding marriage” have pushed the issue of gay marriage forward, said Rep Steve Chabot (R-Ohio).
“We are here today because of those actions and events, not because of a political agenda or election year plot,” he declared in his opening statement as chair of a March 30 hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. That was pretty much the extent of red meat for social conservatives at the hearing.


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