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Mid-Term Election Results for Gays and Lesbians 2006

Gay Marriage Amendments Across the United States

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Election Results for Gays and Lesbian 2006

Gay Marriage Amendments in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin

Arizona

Marriage Amendment
Prop 107: Proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution would define marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman; would prohibit the state from creating or recognizing any legal status for unmarried persons that is similar to that of marriage. Status: Defeated. For the first time voters have defeated an constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Colorado

Domestic Partnership
Would legalize domestic partnerships, providing same-sex couples the opportunity to obtain the legal protections and responsibilities granted to married couples under Colorado law. The measure specifies that domestic partnerships are not marriage and do not change the public policy of the state, which defines marriage as only the union of one man and one woman. Status: Failed

Ban Gay Marriage
Proposed amendment to Colorado Constitution would define marriage in Colorado as only a union between one man and one woman. Status: Passed

Idaho

Ban Gay Marriage and Civil Unions
Proposed amendment to Idaho Constitution states that a marriage between a man and a woman is the only legally valid domestic union in Idaho. Status: Passed

South Carolina

Marriage Amendment
This amendment provides that the institution of marriage in South Carolina consists only of the union between one man and one woman. No other domestic union is valid and legal. The State and its political subdivisions are prohibited from creating or recognizing any right or claim respecting any other domestic union, whatever it may be called, or from giving effect to any such right or benefit recognized in any other state or jurisdiction. Status: passed

South Dakota

Marriage Amendment
Proposed amendment to South Dakota Constitution would define and recognize marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman. It would also prohibit the Legislature from allowing or recognizing civil unions, domestic partnerships or other quasi-marital relationships between two or more persons regardless of sex. Status: Passed

Tennessee

Marriage Amendment
Passage of the amendment would define marriage as being between one man and one woman. Status: Passed

Virginia

Marriage Amendment
Proposed amendment to Virginia Constitution would define marriage as a contract between one man and one woman. It would also ban the future creation or recognition of "another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities or effects of marriage." Status: Passed

Wisconsin

Marriage Amendment
Proposed amendment to Wisconsin Constitution would define marriage as a contract between one man and one woman. It also states that "a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state." Status: Passed

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