February Hawaii voters approve a state constitutional amendment reserving the right to define marriage to the Legislature. April More 3, gay weddings have been performed even as opponents of the concept have gone to court to try to stop them.
All other marriages are declared to be contrary to the public policy of this state and are void. Retrieved August 13, House votes to keep U. Kerry of Massachusetts, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, called an attempt to find "a wedge issue to divide the American people.
The uniting of two or more persons in a seeking a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage union, domestic partnership, or other quasi-marital relationship shall not be valid or recognized in South Dakota. This version had the same language as the proposal, except that the word "solely" in the first sentence was replaced by the word "only".
Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
The amendment changed the language of the proposed amendment, substituting "marriage" for "marital status" and specifying that it applied to "any union other than the union of a man and a woman" rather than "unmarried couples or groups".
February 25, Press Briefing White House.
However, Roberta Combs, President of the Christian Coalition of America claims, "Christian evangelicals made the major difference once again this year. Constitutional Amendment - Marriage Protection Amendment - Declares that marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.
Previously, on February 24, , Bush called for an amendment which would have outlawed same-sex marriage, and which would have disallowed states from recognizing or enforcing same-sex civil unions. Proponents [ who?