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Election Results 2004

Gay and Lesbian Issues on the Ballot

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Election 2004 is over and it does not look good for the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. In state after state constitutional amendments were passed to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Some of those states also restrict the rights of gays and lesbians and may prevent civil unions. Here's a run down of how the states voted on each measure.

Arkansas

Ballot wording: Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman. Legal status for unmarried persons which is identical or substantially similar to marital status shall not be valid or recognized in Arkansas, except that the legislature may recognize a common law marriage from another state between a man and a woman. The legislature has the power to determine the capacity of persons to marry, subject to this amendment, and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage.Result: Passed 75% to 25%

Georgia

The measure amends the state constitution to include the following statement: (a) This state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman. Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state. (b) No union between persons of the same sex shall be recognized by this state as entitled to the benefits of marriage. This state shall not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state or jurisdiction respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other state or jurisdiction. The courts of this state shall have no jurisdiction to grant a divorce or separate maintenance with respect to any such relationship or otherwise to consider or rule on any of the parties’ respective rights arising as a result of or in connection with such relationship.Result: Passed 77% to 23%.

Kentucky

Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.Result: Passed: 75% to 25%.

Michigan

The measure amends the state constitution to include the following statement: To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.Result: Passed: 59% to 41%.

Mississippi

The measure amends the state constitution to read: Marriage may take place and may be valid under the laws of this state only between a man and a woman. A marriage in another state or foreign jurisdiction between persons of the same gender, regardless of when the marriage took place, may not be recognized in this state and is void and unenforceable under the laws of this state.Result: Passed: 86% to 14%.

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