May 23, 2014
by G. Redd
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a complaint on Thursday reviving a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban that was dismissed in December 2012. In contrast to previous cases, this complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief specifically targets the 2004 state ...[read more]
October 17, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On October 17, 2011, the Office of the Secretary of State from the state of Washington released the names of over 100,000 people who signed a petition for a referendum opposing domestic partnerships. This arose from the case of Doe 1 v. Reed, in which the judge decided that the plaintiffs failed ...[read more]
April 21, 2012
by Meagan McElroy
On April 21, 2007, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed legislation that legalized domestic partnerships in the state. Gregoire's signature followed approval from both the Washington state House of Representatives and Senate. The law affords same-sex couples and heterosexual couples over age ...[read more]
April 5, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On April 5, 2011, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages as legal domestic partnerships. The legislation, House Bill 1649, amended then-current state law, which acknowledged out-of-state domestic partnerships and civil unions but not same-sex ...[read more]
December 7, 2011
by Meagan McElroy
On December 7, 2009, the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 in favor of passing a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state. New Jersey legalized domestic partnerships in 2003 and civil unions in 2006. The bill, known as the Freedom of Religion and Equality in ...[read more]
November 18, 2011
by Jaimie Cremeans
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday denied a request to block the release of names on Washington state petitions for Referendum 71 (R-71) opposing domestic partnerships. Last month, the Washington secretary of state began to release the names after a federal judge lifted an ...[read more]
October 18, 2011
by Sarah Posner
The Washington Office of the Secretary of State on Monday released the names of 137,500 people who signed petitions for Referendum 71 (R-71), opposing domestic partnerships, after a federal judge lifted the injunction and granted summary judgment to defendants. In Doe #1 v. Reed, the judge held ...[read more]
August 5, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appealed a case over same-sex domestic partnerships Thursday to the the Montana Supreme Court, arguing that denying partnership rights to same-sex couples violates the state constitution. The ACLU filed a notice of appeal in Donaldson and Guggenheim v. ...[read more]
May 2, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On May 2, 2007, the Oregon Senate passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to enter into contractual domestic partnerships with the same benefits as married couples. The Senate's passage followed approval by the Oregon House of Representatives of the same bill earlier in 2007. The bill was signed ...[read more]
April 6, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire on Tuesday signed a bill recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages as legal domestic partnerships. House Bill 1649 amends current law that acknowledges out-of-state domestic partnerships and civil unions, but excludes same-sex marriage. The Senate approved the ...[read more]

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