The New Hampshire state Senate has approved the governor's religious-protections amendment to the same-sex marriage bill! (I'm slightly oversimplifying for brevity.) The vote was 14-10, along party lines. (The last vote on the previous bill passed by only 13-11, so there was a little concern about whether today's amendments would go through. Whew.)
The amending bill is now before the House; if it passes there, the bills could be on the governor's desk by the end of the day. For those just tuning in, Gov. Lynch has said that he would sign the amended bill.
Fingers crossed. More news as I hear it. Keep an eye on WMUR's website for news updates.
UPDATE: ARGH! The vote failed in the House, 188-186. It now goes to committee; if I understand right, there'll be another vote within the next two weeks. Feh.
News that I missed last month: Congressional Leaders Mull Partial DOMA Repeal. They're basically talking about repealing part of DOMA so that the US gov't would recognize marriages that are recognized by the states (which DOMA currently prevents the US gov't from doing). For example, it would mean that same-sex couples who are legally married could file Federal taxes as married. It may take a while, but at least things are in progress:
Sources declined to discuss the exact timing of when such a bill might be introduced, but they generally agreed it would be before the end of the year and probably within the next several months.
Meanwhile, US Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, now says that he has the votes within the Committee to get through a repeal-of-DOMA bill. As Conyers notes, that doesn't mean he has the votes in the full House or in the Senate, but I still see this as an encouraging sign. (Note that the headline on that article is very misleading, and got my hopes up much further than turned out to be warranted.)
The California Supreme Court has only until June 5 to issue a ruling on the validity of Proposition 8. They apparently generally file opinions on Mondays and Thursdays, and announce the impending arrival of filings a day ahead of time on their website. There's no announcement today, so the decision won't arrive tomorrow. So it could be either Tuesday or Thursday of next week (Monday being a holiday), or Monday or Thursday of the first week in June.
The expectation is, alas, that the Court will uphold Prop. 8. Equality California, one of the organizations that opposed Prop. 8, is currently surveying members as to whether (in the event that the Court doesn't overturn Prop. 8) we should put a Prop. 8 repeal on the ballot for 2010 or 2012. I had been in favor of 2012, but it turns out there are some pretty good arguments for 2010. I'm now uncertain. But more on that in another entry when I have more time.