President Barack Obama, in an ABC News interview: I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I… Continue reading President Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal
Same-sex marriage is now legal in New York, and couples from across the country have made plans to travel to the state for what are commonly called “destination weddings.” But those weddings will not be recognized by many other states, including Kentucky, which has a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. But Fairness Campaign director Chris… Continue reading Kentucky Won’t Recognize New York Same-Sex Marriages
Citing concerns that it would hurt employee recruitment, Eli Lilly appealed to state lawmakers not to pass the constitutional amendment during this year’s legislative session. CEO John Lechleiter says he can’t say whether the state’s current same-sex marriage ban has deterred anyone from applying to work at the Indianapolis-based company, but he thinks the amendment definitely would.
Despite any progress on the federal level, Hartman says advocates should continue to support fairness laws on the city and state levels. The Fairness Campaign supports a repeal of Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign is also working with city lawmakers in Berea and Richmond to pass fairness ordinances akin to Louisville’s.
“We have to survey our members and see what they want to do and plot our strategy politically,” says Rick Sutton. “But it could include individual action against individual members and it must include a public education campaign. We have to do that.”
A Senate committee will take up the issue later this week. The House has already approved the proposal, and the Senate is expected to pass it as well.
The protesters say the amendment would write discrimination into the state constitution.
Wondering how the California Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold a ban on gay marriage will play out in Louisville? Here are a few links to follow:
The Fairness Campaign will hold a rally Tuesday night to protest the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the controversial Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban.