The December issue looks at the work states face to deal with the health care needs of an aging population and new approaches to teacher evaluations.
Updated June 26, 2013
Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on June 26, 2013, reinstating the federal distrcit court decision that overturned Proposition 8 in California, 35 states have defined marriage as between a man and a woman in state law. Most states do so by adopting “defense of marriage” language that defines marriage in a way similar to the language in the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) —“the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” Other states prohibit same sex marriages or marriages between persons of the same sex or gender.
Twenty-nine states have placed that language in their state constitutions, usually adopted by the state’s legislature and by a popular vote. (26 of these states also have statutory provisions adopting this language). Six states have only statutory language that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.
For more information on defense of marriage acts (DOMA) and same-sex marriage issues, please contact Jack Tweedie in the Denver office at 303.856.1546 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For federal marriage issues, contact Sheri Steisel in the D.C. office at 202.624.5400 or email@example.com.
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