Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Same-sex marriage update

Two updates on same-sex marriage:

  • In New Jersey, a bill allowing same-sex marriage was narrowly approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and is expected to be voted on by the Senate on Thursday. The bill has not yet been passed by the House, and they have a very tight timeline to get it through in time for it to be signed into law by the outgoing governor, rather than vetoed by the new one.
  • In Ireland, a Civil Partnership Bill, which effectively grants "marriage in all but name" civil unions, is currently being debated by the Dail. It has government support, and is likely to pass early next year. Considering that Ireland only decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, that's a pretty big step forward.

Hopefully we'll have some good news from New Jersey in a couple of days.