Movement toward same-sex marriage (SSM), LGBT equality etc.
2013-NOV: Accelerating steps towards
marriage (SSM), LGBT equality etc.
We use the acronym "SSM" throughout this section to represent "same-sex marriage"
We use the acronym "LGBT" to refer to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons
and transsexuals. The acronym "LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.
See also the previous essay describing events during 2013-OCT
- 2013-NOV-05: Hawaii: The same-sex marriage bill SB1 had been modified by three amendments, and passed by both the House Judiciary and Finance Committees. The main amendment further protects religious groups' freedom to discriminate against same-sex couples who wish to get married, by giving faith groups immunity from prosecution under Hawaii's existing human rights legislation. On NOV-06, the bill, as amended, passed second reading in the full House with a vote of 30 in favor, 18 opposed, and 3 excused. It passed third reading in the House with an almost identical vote. It passed the Senate with overwhelming support. Governor Abercrombie signed SB1 into law on NOV-13. This made Hawaii the 15th state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.
A lawsuit is active in circuit court to nullify the new marriage equality act so that it will not become effective on DEC-02, and loving, committed same-sex couples will not be able to marry. More information.
- 2013-NOV-20: Illinois: The House had passed its SSM bill by a vote of 61 to 54 and 2 abstentions. Only three Republicans voted for the bill. Within an hour, the Senate also passed the bill, 32 to 29. Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law on NOV-20 in Chicago. That made Illinois the 16th state to legalize SSM.
The bill comes into effect on Sunday 2014-JUN-01. Same-sex marriage licenses should be available on JUN-02, and marriages should begin after a 24 hour waiting interval. A bill has been introduced to amend the new law to make marriage licenses available earlier to same-sex couples.
One working day after a petition was filed with a federal District Court in Illinois, the court ordered Cook County to provide a marriage license to a lesbian couple in which one partner is suffering from cancer and not expected to live until June. The license was hand delivered to the couple on the same day as the order. More information.
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Copyright © 2013 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
First posted: 2013-NOV-05
Latest update: 2013-DEC-01
Author: B.A. Robinson