'Gay marriage' supporters closing in on landmark victory
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Last year's passage of California Proposition 8 may have been a historic moment for opponents of "gay marriage," but supporters believe they are on the verge of notching their own significant victory -- seeing a state voluntarily legalize such unions.
At least five states -- New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont -- could debate bills this year that would legalize "gay marriage," as could the Washington, D.C., city council. Additionally, at least three states -- Hawaii, Washington and New Mexico -- may pass legislation granting same-sex couples all the legal benefits of marriage minus the name. Unlike California, none of the eight states has a law allowing citizens to gather signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot.
After years of both sides fighting in state courts, the landscape may be shifting to state legislatures, even with court...