Policy & Legal UpdatesNovember 11 – 17, 2013
- On 12 November 2013, MEUSA’s National Marriage Map was updated to show: (1) Over 37% of Americans live in 17 states that have adopted full, state-level equality (CA, CT, DC, DE, HI, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, WA); (2) another 12% live in cities, counties, or states with partial equality (mainly CO, NM, NV, OR, WI), but 51% live in 39 jurisdictions that still ban all types of unions except one-man-one-woman couples. • Map
On 13 November 2013, Public Policy Polling reported that in most states which adopt same-gender civil marriage, most voters later report that it has little or no effect on their lives, and also reported that after legalization, opposition declines. • Survey Details
MEUSA Summary • News Source ILLINOIS • On 14 November 2013, in Darby v. Orr, a county judge postponed action in the case of 25 same-gender couples seeking marriage until 2 June 2014 (one day after same-gender civil marriages are slated to begin), at which point the case is expected to be dismissed. • MEUSA Summary • News Source SOUTH CAROLINA • On 14 November 2013, in Katherine Bradacs & Tracie Goodwin v. SC Governor Nimrata Haley, et al., Judge Joe Anderson of Columbia, SC recused himself from this same-gender civil marriage case because as an executive board member of a Boy Scouts of America council, he (1) voted to ban LGBT Scout leaders, and (2) voted to fire a Scoutmaster who (a) brought her partner to a BSA event, and (b) is one of the plaintiffs in the case. • MEUSA Summary • News Source PENNSYLVANIA • On 15 November 2013, in Deb & Susan Whitewood v. PA Governor Tom Corbett et al., a lawsuit in which 23 people challenged the 1996 PA law that bans same-gender marriage for residents and that ignores out-of-state same-gender marriages, a federal judge rejected two separate efforts to dismiss the suit, and scheduled a conference for 22 November to discuss starting the trial. • MEUSA Summary • News Source MICHIGAN • On 15 November 2013, in April DeBoer & Jayne Rowse v. MI Governor Rick Snyder, et al., (a same-gender civil marriage case), the state identified sociology Associate Professor Mark Regnerus and three other “expert” witnesses, whose testimony has been: (1) that children of same-gender parents are less successful than children of mixed-gender parents, (2) that lesbian parents produce violent boys, (3) that children raised by same-gender couples are 35% less likely to progress normally in school, and that (4) there is no scientific evidence showing that children of same-gender parents do as well as children of mixed-gender parents. • MEUSA Summary • News Source FLORIDA • On 7 November 2013, in John Becker v. University of Central Florida, a state judge ruled that FL must disclose records showing who approved Associate Professor Mark Regnerus’ anti-LGBT parenting study, how it got published immediately, and why no qualified peers reviewed it. The Regnerus study is cited more often than any other by anti-LGBT groups worldwide, and Regnerus is scheduled to testify in February that children of same-gender parents are less successful than children of mixed-gender parents in April DeBoer & Jayne Rowse v. MI Governor Rick Snyder, et al. • MEUSA Summary • News Source
MEUSA Summary • News Source MAINE • On 13 November 2013, Public Policy Polling surveyed 964 ME voters on the same-gender civil marriage law passed in 2012, and reported that 72% felt no impact, 15% felt positive impact, and 13% felt negative impact. Separately, same-gender civil marriage is now supported by 54%, and opposed by 37%, with 9% unaccounted for. Even among the 37% who oppose it, 70% of those admit that it has had no negative impact. • MEUSA Summary • News Source MISSOURI • On 14 November 2013, Governor Jay Nixon announced that he supports same-gender civil marriage for MO, and that same-gender couples who pay MO income taxes may file combined returns if they wish. • MEUSA Summary • News Source
MEUSA Summary • News Source INDIANA • On 14 November 2013, WISH-TV surveyed IN residents regarding a constitutional ban on same-gender civil marriage, and reported that 58% oppose it, and 38% support it. Separately, regarding marriage equality itself, 48% support it, 46% oppose it, and 6% have no opinion. • MEUSA Summary • News Source
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