The Connecticut House has passed a civil unions bill, but with a gratuitous provision defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The Republican governor has said that should this bill clear the Senate, she will sign in.
The Oregon Supreme Court nullified nearly 3,000 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples by Multonah County, holding that the both state law and the state constitution had limited marriage to opposite sex couples. The Democratic governor said he would push for a law recognizing same-sex civil unions.
Several readers, including Eva Young, have e-mailed me that Paul Koering, a Republican State Senator in Minnesota, came out as gay and voted against putting a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman (and ruling out same-sex civil unions) on the ballot. Eva notes that the reaction to his coming out has been generally supportive, though a handful of Republicans are not pleased.
And on this tax day, Log Cabin follows up its praise yesterday of the vote in the U.S. House to repeal the Death Tax with a release calling for comprehensive tax reform, pointing out that the “current tax system severely disadvantages gay and lesbian familes.”
In general, it seems that things are looking up for gay people, but with a few dark clouds on the horizon. Hopefully, once I file my taxes, I’ll be able to resume regular blogging and comment on these developments at length.