Weekly Political Roundup

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  • The Michigan House voted to ban benefits for domestic partners of all public employees in the state. The bill now goes to the Senate.
  • North Carolina’s legislature approved a ballot measure to ask voters whether to ban marriage for same-sex couples under the state constitution. It is already banned by statute. I covered the story for Keen News Service, but I urge you also to read the excellent coverage by Matt Comer, editor of North Carolina’s QNotes newspaper, and of course the thoughts of NC-native Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend.
  • A New Hampshire House subcommittee passed a bill that would repeal the state’s existing marriage equality law. It would leave existing marriages of same-sex couples in place, but in the future only allow them to form civil unions.

Around the world:

  • Australia has added a third option for “gender” on its passports: intersex individuals may now check “X” for “indeterminate.”
  • The U.K. government will begin a formal “consultation” on how to allow civil marriage for same-sex couples. PinkNews.co.uk also reports that “prime minister David Cameron is ‘emphatically’ in favour of the change.”