Marriage and family on the ballot

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Marriage and family on the ballot: This topic refers to ballot measures regarding marriage, unmarried couples, adoption, alimony, and benefits. Subtopics include: divorce and custody and domestic partnerships.

Examples:

Ballot measures lists

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Alabama

  1. Alabama Interracial Marriage, Amendment 2 (2000)
  2. Alabama Sanctity of Marriage, Constitutional Amendment 774 (June 2006)


Alaska

  1. Alaska Advisory Vote on Same-Sex Public Employment Benefits (2007)
  2. Alaska Marriage Amendment, Measure 2 (1998)


Arizona

  1. Arizona Definition of Marriage Amendment (2014)
  2. Arizona Legal Grounds for Marriage Divorce, Questions 308 and 309 (1914)
  3. Arizona Marriage Protection, Proposition 102 (2008)
  4. Arizona Physician Certified Marriage Licenses, Proposition 1 (1956)
  5. Arizona Protect Marriage, Proposition 107 (2006)


Arkansas

  1. Arkansas Amendment 3 (2004)
  2. Arkansas Jurisdiction of Matters Relating to Juveniles and Bastardy, Proposed Amendment 2 (1988)
  3. Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2016)
  4. Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3 (2004)
  5. Arkansas Unmarried Couple Adoption Ban, Proposed Initiative 1 (2008)


California

  1. California Proposition 13, Community Property (1920)
  2. California Proposition 22, Limit on Marriages (2000)
  3. California Proposition 8, the "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry" Initiative (2008)


Colorado

  1. Colorado Definition of Marriage, Initiative 43 (2006)
  2. Colorado Domestic Partnerships, Referendum I (2006)
  3. Colorado Marriage Education Act (2014)
  4. Colorado Parental Rights, Initiative 17 (1996)
  5. Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2014)




Florida

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


Georgia

  1. Georgia Marriage Amendment, Question 1 (2004)


Hawaii

  1. Hawaii Legislative Power to Reserve Marriage, Question 2 (1998)


Idaho

  1. Idaho Marriage Definition, HJR 2 (2006)





Kansas

  1. Kansas Marriage Amendment (2005)


Kentucky

  1. Kentucky Marriage Amendment (2004)


Louisiana

  1. Louisiana Marriage Amendment, Question 1 (September 2004)


Maine

  1. Maine Same-Sex Marriage People's Veto, Question 1 (2009)
  2. Maine Same-Sex Marriage Question, Question 1 (2012)


Maryland

  1. Maryland Marriage License Waiting Period, Amendment 4 (1938)
  2. Maryland Same-Sex Civil Marriage Referendum, Question 6 (2012)



Michigan

  1. Michigan Marriage Amendment, Proposal 2 (2004)
  2. Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2014)
  3. Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2016)


Minnesota

  1. Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Amendment, Amendment 1 (2012)


Mississippi

  1. Mississippi Marriage Definition, Amendment 1 (2004)


Missouri

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


Montana

  1. Montana IR-36, Health Certificates Required for Marriage (1936)
  2. Montana Marriage Verification, Measure CI-96 (2004)


Nebraska

  1. Nebraska Marriage Definition Amendment, Initiative 416 (2000)


Nevada

  1. Nevada Marriage Amendment, Question 2 (2000)
  2. Nevada Marriage Amendment, Question 2 (2002)




New Jersey

  1. New Jersey Marriage Amendment, ACR 11 (2014)



North Carolina

  1. North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage, Amendment 1 (May 2012)


North Dakota

  1. North Dakota Definition of Marriage, Constitutional Measure 1 (2004)
  2. North Dakota Family Law (2006)
  3. North Dakota Parental Rights Initiative (2014)


Ohio

  1. Ohio Issue 1, the Marriage Amendment (2004)


Oklahoma

  1. Oklahoma Marriage Question 711 (2004)


Oregon

  1. Oregon Adoptees to Receive Birth Certificates, Measure 58 (1998)
  2. Oregon Citizens Alliance
  3. Oregon Home for "Dependent, Delinquent and Defective" Children, Measure 2 (1918)
  4. Oregon Hygienic Marriage Examination and License, Measure 4 (June 1921)
  5. Oregon Marriage Measure 36 (2004)
  6. Oregon Medical Examinations for Marriage Licenses, Measure 4 (1938)




South Carolina

  1. South Carolina Amendment 1, the Marriage Act (2006)
  2. South Carolina Amendment 4 (1998)


South Dakota

  1. South Dakota Marriage Amendment (2006)


Tennessee

  1. Tennessee Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Amendment 1 (2006)


Texas

  1. Texas Definition of Marriage Act, Proposition 2 (2005)
  2. Texas Proposition 15 (1999)
  3. Texas Proposition 7 (1999)


Utah

  1. Utah Marital Property Provision Repeal, Proposition 2 (1998)
  2. Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Amendment 3 (2004)



Virginia

  1. Virginia Question 1, Marriage Amendment (2006)


Washington

  1. Washington Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities, Referendum 71 (2009)
  2. Washington Same-Sex Marriage Veto Referendum, Referendum 74 (2012)



Wisconsin

  1. Wisconsin Marriage Amendment, Question 1 (2006)
  2. Wisconsin Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2016)


2016

  1. Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2016)
  2. Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2016)
  3. Wisconsin Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2016)



2014

  1. Arizona Definition of Marriage Amendment (2014)
  2. Colorado Marriage Education Act (2014)
  3. Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2014)
  4. Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2014)
  5. New Jersey Marriage Amendment, ACR 11 (2014)
  6. North Dakota Parental Rights Initiative (2014)



2012

  1. Maine Same-Sex Marriage Question, Question 1 (2012)
  2. Maryland Same-Sex Civil Marriage Referendum, Question 6 (2012)
  3. Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage Amendment, Amendment 1 (2012)
  4. North Carolina Same-Sex Marriage, Amendment 1 (May 2012)
  5. Washington Same-Sex Marriage Veto Referendum, Referendum 74 (2012)




2009

  1. Maine Same-Sex Marriage People's Veto, Question 1 (2009)
  2. Washington Domestic Partners Rights and Responsibilities, Referendum 71 (2009)


2008

  1. Arizona Marriage Protection, Proposition 102 (2008)
  2. Arkansas Unmarried Couple Adoption Ban, Proposed Initiative 1 (2008)
  3. California Proposition 8, the "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry" Initiative (2008)
  4. Florida Definition of Marriage, Amendment 2 (2008)


2007

  1. Alaska Advisory Vote on Same-Sex Public Employment Benefits (2007)


2006

  1. Alabama Sanctity of Marriage, Constitutional Amendment 774 (June 2006)
  2. Arizona Protect Marriage, Proposition 107 (2006)
  3. Colorado Definition of Marriage, Initiative 43 (2006)
  4. Colorado Domestic Partnerships, Referendum I (2006)
  5. Idaho Marriage Definition, HJR 2 (2006)
  6. North Dakota Family Law (2006)
  7. South Carolina Amendment 1, the Marriage Act (2006)
  8. South Dakota Marriage Amendment (2006)
  9. Tennessee Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Amendment 1 (2006)
  10. Virginia Question 1, Marriage Amendment (2006)
  11. Wisconsin Marriage Amendment, Question 1 (2006)


2005

  1. Kansas Marriage Amendment (2005)
  2. Texas Definition of Marriage Act, Proposition 2 (2005)


2004

  1. Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3 (2004)
  2. Georgia Marriage Amendment, Question 1 (2004)
  3. Kentucky Marriage Amendment (2004)
  4. Louisiana Marriage Amendment, Question 1 (September 2004)
  5. Michigan Marriage Amendment, Proposal 2 (2004)
  6. Mississippi Marriage Definition, Amendment 1 (2004)
  7. Missouri Marriage Definition, Amendment 2 (August 2004)
  8. Montana Marriage Verification, Measure CI-96 (2004)
  9. North Dakota Definition of Marriage, Constitutional Measure 1 (2004)
  10. Ohio Issue 1, the Marriage Amendment (2004)
  11. Oklahoma Marriage Question 711 (2004)
  12. Oregon Marriage Measure 36 (2004)
  13. Utah Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Amendment 3 (2004)



2002

  1. Nevada Marriage Amendment, Question 2 (2002)



2000

  1. Alabama Interracial Marriage, Amendment 2 (2000)
  2. California Proposition 22, Limit on Marriages (2000)
  3. Nebraska Marriage Definition Amendment, Initiative 416 (2000)
  4. Nevada Marriage Amendment, Question 2 (2000)


1999

  1. Texas Proposition 15 (1999)
  2. Texas Proposition 7 (1999)


1998

  1. Alaska Marriage Amendment, Measure 2 (1998)
  2. Hawaii Legislative Power to Reserve Marriage, Question 2 (1998)
  3. Oregon Adoptees to Receive Birth Certificates, Measure 58 (1998)
  4. South Carolina Amendment 4 (1998)
  5. Utah Marital Property Provision Repeal, Proposition 2 (1998)



1996

  1. Colorado Parental Rights, Initiative 17 (1996)









1988

  1. Arkansas Jurisdiction of Matters Relating to Juveniles and Bastardy, Proposed Amendment 2 (1988)

































1956

  1. Arizona Physician Certified Marriage Licenses, Proposition 1 (1956)



















1938

  1. Maryland Marriage License Waiting Period, Amendment 4 (1938)
  2. Oregon Medical Examinations for Marriage Licenses, Measure 4 (1938)



1936

  1. Montana IR-36, Health Certificates Required for Marriage (1936)
















1921

  1. Oregon Hygienic Marriage Examination and License, Measure 4 (June 1921)


1920

  1. California Proposition 13, Community Property (1920)



1918

  1. Oregon Home for "Dependent, Delinquent and Defective" Children, Measure 2 (1918)



1916

  1. Arizona Legal Grounds for Marriage Divorce, Questions 308 and 309 (1914)



















Did not make ballot

  1. Arizona Civil Partnerships Measure (2010)
  2. Arizona Equal Marriage Amendment (2014)
  3. Arizona Marriage Amendment Repeal, SCR 1004 (2014)
  4. Arkansas Gay Foster Parents Initiative, 2010
  5. California Elimination of Domestic Partnerships Initiative (2008)
  6. California Limit on Marriage (2008)
  7. California No Divorces Amendment (2010)
  8. California Repeal of Proposition 8 (2012)
  9. California Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry Initiative (2012)
  10. California Voter's Right to Protect Marriage Initiative v.6 (2008)
  11. Colorado Gay Marriage Amendment (2010)
  12. Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2012)
  13. Florida Abolition of Alimony Obligations (2008)
  14. Florida Marriage Amendment (2012)
  15. Florida Right to Intimacy (2) (2012)
  16. Florida Right to have Intimate Privacy (2008)
  17. Florida Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2014)
  18. Illinois Protect Marriage Initiative (2006)
  19. Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Ban Amendment (2014)
  20. Indiana Marriage Amendment (2014)
  21. Indiana SJR-7 (2008)
  22. Iowa Marriage Amendment (2010)
  23. Nebraska Repeal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Initiative (2012)
  24. New Hampshire Gay Marriage Question, (2010)
  25. New Hampshire Marriage Amendment (2012)
  26. New Hampshire Same-sex Marriage Question (2012)
  27. New Jersey Same-Sex Marriage Referendum (2012)
  28. New Mexico Marriage Amendment (2012)
  29. New Mexico Marriage Amendment (2014)
  30. North Dakota Shared Parenting Initiative (2008)
  31. Ohio Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2013)
  32. Ohio Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2014)
  33. Oregon Ballot Measure 303 (2008)
  34. Oregon Ballot Measure 304 (2008)
  35. Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2014)
  36. Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Referendum (2012)
  37. Pennsylvania Marriage Amendment (2014)
  38. Rhode Island Marriage Amendment (2012)
  39. South Carolina Separation Time for Divorce Amendment (2014)
  40. West Virginia Marriage Amendment (2010)
  41. West Virginia Marriage Amendment (2012)
  42. West Virginia Marriage Amendment (2014)
  43. Wyoming Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2012)

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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.

2008

In 2008, California Proposition 8 was approved, representing the first time that same-sex marriage was banned in a state where it was already legal. Other notable developments included the approval of the Arizona Marriage Protection Amendment, which banned same-sex marriage in Arizona after a broader proposed amendment failed in 2006.

2006

In 2006, voters in nine states had the opportunity to weigh in on ballot measures about how to define marriage. Each of the nine measures in one way or another was an attempt to legislatively define marriage as between a man and a woman. The Arizona initiative lost, representing the first time that a marriage-related amendment has been defeated (although a narrower ban was approved in 2008).

Campaign finance

According to a report from the National Institute on Money in State Politics[1]

  • $18 million cumulatively was spent by political committees working for and against the nine proposals.
  • Opponents of the measures outspent advocates by about 3-1.
  • Only in Tennessee did supporters raise more money than opponents
  • The Arlington Group contributed $1.65 million through "member groups and affiliates".
  • Gay and lesbian rights groups contributed $5.64 million, mostly through the Gill Action Fund.
  • Tim Gill and his connections cumulatively contributed $5.28 million to defeat the measures.
  • Churches and their employees gave $234,344 to support the measures, versus $1.9 million in 2004.

See also

External links

Notes

  1. The Money Behind the 2006 Marriage Amendments from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, July 23, 2007 (PDF)