LGBT issues on the ballot

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LGBT issues on the ballot: This topic refers to ballot measures regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people. Major topics include same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships (see marriage and family), and discrimination.

Examples:

Ballot measures lists

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California

  1. California Proposition 6, the Briggs Initiative (1978)

Colorado

  1. Colorado No Protected Status for Sexual Orientation Amendment, Initiative 2 (1992)

Florida

  1. Florida Definition of Marriage, Amendment 2 (2008)

Idaho

  1. Idaho Marriage Definition, HJR 2 (2006)
  2. Idaho State Policies Regarding Homosexuality Initiative, Initiative 1 (1994)

Maine

  1. Maine Civil Rights and Prevent Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Question 6 (2000)
  2. Maine Limiting Protected Classifications, Question 1 (1995)
  3. Maine Reject Extension of Civil Rights Protections Regardless of Sexual Orientation, Question 1 (2005)
  4. Maine Repeal of Ban Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Question 1 (1998)
  5. Maine Same-Sex Marriage People's Veto, Question 1 (2009)

Michigan

  1. Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2016)

Missouri

  1. Missouri Marriage Definition, Amendment 2 (August 2004)

Montana

  1. Montana Definition of Marriage, CI-96 (2004)

Oklahoma

  1. Oklahoma Definition of Marriage, State Question 711 (2004)

Oregon

  1. Oregon Government Cannot Classify Based on Homosexuality, Measure 13 (1994)
  2. Oregon Government Must Discourage Homosexuality, Measure 9 (1992)
  3. Oregon Prohibition of Public School Instruction on Homosexual Behaviors, Measure 9 (2000)
  4. Oregon Revoke Governor’s Authority to Ban Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Measure 8 (1988)

South Dakota

  1. South Dakota Marriage Definition, Amendment C (2006)

Texas

  1. Texas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2015)

Washington

  1. Washington Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities, Referendum 71 (2009)

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One man and one woman?

Many marriage-related ballot measures offer definitions of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. In defining marriage in that fashion, proponents are saying that when a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, enter into a committed relationship with each other, their arrangements with each other should not legally be considered a marriage. These ballot measures are sometimes collectively referred to as Defense of Marriage Amendments or "DOMAs."

Altogether, voters in 29 states have passed state constitutional amendments that ban same-sex marriage: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Hawaii voters approved a constitutional amendment empowering the legislature to outlaw same-sex marriage; that state's lawmakers then did so in 1998.

Voters in Arizona rejected an attempt to ban same-sex marriage in 2006, but voters later approved a narrower ban on same-sex marriage that did not affect civil unions or domestic partnerships.

In 2009 voters in Washington approved granting all the rights of marriage to registered domestic partners.

Not all marriage-related amendments and initiatives are about defining marriage; some of them relate to adoption, custody, divorce and other marriage-related issues.

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