The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee on June 13 approved a state constitutional amendment that outlaws marriage between same-sex couples but does not explicitly rule out recognition of civil unions -- a key deviation from a version approved by the House that would ban any recognition of unions that are "substantially equivalent to that of marriage for unmarried individuals." If the two chambers can't agree on the language by June 30, the amendment would miss a key deadline to qualify for placement on the statewide ballot in November 2007.
The race is on. Marriage equality supporters are launching a flurry of lawsuits to win rights for same-sex couples while anti-gay groups rush to enact constitutional amendments at the state and federal level to gut those legal cases.
Slate's William Saletan responds to an argument by columnist Charles Krauthammer about a supposed slippery slope from insisting on marriage rights for gays and lesbians to arguing in favor of polygamy. "They're not looking for the right to sleep around. They already have that. It's called dating," Saletan writes about gays seeking to marry.
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is advising adoption agencies to come out strongly in favor of adoption by gays and lesbians. "Laws and policies that preclude adoption by gay or lesbian parents disadvantage the tens of thousands of children mired in the foster care system who need permanent, loving homes," the Institute said.
Three-quarters of high school seniors support gay marriage or civil unions, and a clear majority supports adoption rights for gay couples, according to a new poll by Hamilton College and polling firm Zogby International.