A series of court cases in the past two months shows that the right of lesbian and gay people to be recognized as parents is still very much open to challenge — and one legal expert says the challenges will increase.
Two New Hampshire legislators have introduced bills to repeal the state’s marriage equality law, even though Republican leaders said that such a repeal is not a party priority in 2011. And several other states saw legislative moves toward or away from equality in the past week.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Thursday announced proposed new regulations intended to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in its core housing programs — programs that impact 4.4 million units of housing across the country.
2011 will likely see a number of battles state by state across the country. Three states plus the District of Columbia are facing the prospect of losing marriage equality, an additional seven states could start the process of amending their state constitutions to ban marriage equality, five could gain marriage equality.