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Mass. marriage amendment overcomes opposition, passes
BOSTON (BP)--In an action that surprised even some conservatives, Massachusetts legislators Jan. 2 passed a proposed constitutional marriage amendment just hours before it would have died as the session ended.
Massachusetts legislators have 'duty'
to vote on marriage amendment, court rules

‘Those [Massachusetts legislators] who now seek to avoid their lawful obligations ... ultimately will have to answer to the people who elected them.’
Massachusetts court ruling
BOSTON (BP)--The highest court in Massachusetts delivered a stinging rebuke to legislators Dec. 27, declaring that members have a "constitutional duty" to vote on a proposed marriage amendment.
      The seven justices on the Supreme Judicial Court said in the unanimous decision they had no "statutory authority" to force the legislature to vote. But they used most of the decision to spell out legislators' duties, and amendment supporters hope the decision will persuade enough legislators not to kill the amendment when a constitutional convention is convened Jan. 2, the final day of the session.
Governor's signature makes N.J. 3rd state with civil unions
TRENTON, N.J. (BP)--New Jersey became the third state to legalize civil unions when Gov. Jon Corzine signed Dec. 21 into law a bill that grants homosexual couples all the legal benefits of marriage under state law.
Canadian Parliament votes to allow 'gay marriage' law to stand
OTTAWA, Ontario (BP)--Canada's Parliament affirmed the nation's "gay marriage" law Dec. 7, easily voting down a motion by the Conservative government that would have reopened debate on the issue and likely ended up reversing the law.
Maryland high court hears 'gay marriage' case
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (BP)--Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union asked the highest court in Maryland Dec. 4 to strike down the state's marriage laws and make it the second state in the nation to legalize "gay marriage."
South Africa becomes 5th nation to legalize 'gay marriage,' joining Canada, others
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP)--South Africa became the fifth country to legalize "gay marriage" Nov. 30 when Acting President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed a landmark bill into law.
Israeli high court orders 'gay marriage' recognition
JERUSALEM (BP)--The land where Jesus once walked soon will recognize "gay marriage."
'Gay penguins' book stirs controversy, ignores full story
CHICAGO (BP)--A children's book based on a true story about two "gay penguins" is causing concern from parents in several schools and towns nationwide, and thus far the controversy largely has ignored an important fact -- the penguins long ago split up, with one of them going on to nest with the opposite sex.
Canadian churches hope to see 'gay marriage' law reversed
OTTAWA, Ontario (BP)--Christians across Canada are being urged to contact their representatives in Parliament and encourage them to support an upcoming motion to reopen the debate over "gay marriage."
South Africa’s parliament passes
'gay marriage' bill; could be law within days

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (BP)--South Africa's parliament passed a bill Nov. 14 that would legalize "gay marriage," virtually assuring that within days the country will become the fifth worldwide to redefine the natural definition of marriage.
ELECTION 06: Questions & answers about marriage amends.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Voters in eight states will consider constitutional marriage amendments on Election Day. Below are some commonly asked questions, with answers.
ELECTION 06: Marriage amendment in Wisconsin faces considerable opposition
MADISON, Wis. (BP)--If a constitutional marriage amendment is to be defeated at the polls this year, both sides agree Wisconsin just might be the state to do it.
ELECTION 06: Homosexual activists eye victory in South
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Thanks to a quirk in Tennessee law, a proposed constitutional marriage amendment there could get an overwhelming majority of votes on Election Day -- and still not pass.
ELECTION 06: Fate of social issues likely hangs in the balance
WASHINGTON (BP)--The fate of numerous policies to be determined in Congress might hang in the balance as Election Day nears, social conservatives and liberals alike say.
ELECTION 06: Marriage amendment no guarantee in conservative South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. (BP)--South Dakota is far from being a bastion of liberalism. It hasn't gone Democratic in a presidential election since 1964. Just last year, its legislature passed a bill banning most abortions.

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