Five Republican state lawmakers in Iowa have proposed legislation that would slash by 80% the salaries of state Supreme Court justices who voted to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. "We're just holding them responsible for their decision, for going beyond their bounds," said Rep. Tom Shaw. A Democratic state senator predicted that the legislation would be struck down if it is passed.
A propaganda magazine published by al-Qaida has highlighted the marriage of former Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who was among the first to serve as openly gay in Congress. "There is an irony that the most active anti-gay [groups] are al-Qaida and the American right wing," Frank said.
Opponents of France's new marriage equality law say they plan to continue public protests of the measure, and may even draft political candidates. One protester, a Socialist, said he was not homophobic but worried about the fate of children raised by same-sex parents.
Rhode Island appears likely to become the 10th U.S. state, along with the District of Columbia, to end marriage discrimination against same-sex couples. The state Senate this week voted 26-12 in favor of a marriage equality bill sponsored by Sen. Donna Nesselbush, who is an out lesbian. The House, which already passed a version of the bill, is likely to approve the Senate-passed version next week and send it to Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who is expected to sign it, according to House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, who is also openly gay. "We are grateful to Rhode Island's gay and lesbian legislators for standing up for themselves, for their partners, for their families and
for every young person across the state who dreams of one day marrying the person they love," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.
The public's rapidly growing acceptance of marriage equality could influence the Supreme Court’s decisions in two pending cases, according to this analysis. Some say the court could overturn California’s Proposition 8 in a way that also would strike down marriage bans in seven other states. Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Rhode Island offer same-sex couples most of the rights afforded married couples, but don't allow them to legally marry, a status the court could find unconstitutional.