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Gay marriage returns to political spotlight

January 26, 2012

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With a flurry of coast-to-coast developments this week, same-sex marriage is back in the political spotlight and likely to remain there through Election Day as a half-dozen states face potentially wrenching votes on the issue.

In Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, bills to legalize same-sex marriage have high-powered support and good chances of passage in the legislature.

Gay-marriage opponents in Maryland and Washington would likely react by seeking referendums in November to overturn those laws, while New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, says he’ll veto the bill if it reaches him and prefers that lawmakers OK a referendum so voters can decide.

In all three states, polls suggest voters are closely divided on whether gays should have the right to marry, so there’s a chance one could emerge as the first state to support same-sex marriage in a statewide vote.

Maine voters also may have an opportunity to vote for same-sex marriage in November; an announcement by gay-rights activists about a ballot-measure campaign is set for today. Proposed amendments for constitutional bans on gay marriage will be on the ballots in North Carolina on May 8 and in Minnesota on Nov. 6.

In New Hampshire, Republicans who now control the legislature are mulling whether to repeal the 2009 law legalizing same-sex marriage. Their state is one of six with such laws, along with Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.

Added together, the state-level showdowns will likely raise the prominence of the marriage issue in the presidential campaign, even though it’s not a topic that the leading candidates tend to broach proactively.

“There’s a lot going on,” said gay-marriage advocate Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “It means that candidates — whether Romney or Obama — who hope to avoid the discussion will not be able to.”

Comments

smitty 2 years, 2 months ago

Seriously....DOMA exists so of course homosexual rights are in the political scene.....since these religious proselytizers persist in no separation of church and state...

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 2 months ago

In 2008, the Divider-In-Chief Obama said: "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian ... it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix." Naturally, the slobbering lap dog media gave him a pass on this position just like America haters Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers. Let's see if he gets a pass this time around.

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Ragingbear 2 years, 2 months ago

You know that the argument that marriage between a man and a woman has been something that has existed and persevered throughout society is a false claim, right? Polygamy, polygyny(multiple husbands), polyamory(multi wives and husbands) and other unconventional "marriages" have existed throughout ancient Sumeria, Greece and Roman Empires. Even now there are symbolic marriages between girls and trees, goats,dogs etc in India. India is considered to not be a bunch of primitive tribesmen. They are responsible for tech support in America.

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autie 2 years, 2 months ago

Yup, and the only reason those folks back in the day made up those bible stories was to keep the ignorant masses in line. Scared into submission based on a bunch of made up crapola. Now I will tell you, if you are opposed to gay marriage my best advice is to not go marry a gay person.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 2 months ago

Homosexuality is referred to as the sin of sodomy. This reference comes from an account in the Bible of two wicked cities, Sodom and Gomorrah, which the Lord destroyed. Sodom was known for its rampant homosexuality and unrestrained sexual lust. Genesis 13:13: "But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly."

Marriage should be between one man and one woman.

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TinmanKC 2 years, 2 months ago

The question isn't whether we (gays) have a "right" to marry. We do marry, we will continue to get married... always have and always will. The question is whether our governments will continue to discriminate against our families and allow other to legally discriminate against our families. Your religion and your interpretation of your holy books should have no bearing whatsoever. Trust me... we won't come anywhere near your congregations.

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 2 months ago

One good thing about gay people....they don't have abortions.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

"Gay-marriage opponents in Maryland and Washington would likely react by seeking referendums in November to overturn those laws, while New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, says he’ll veto the bill if it reaches him and prefers that lawmakers OK a referendum so voters can decide."

I agree-- and while they're at it, they should also put on the ballot a referendum so voters can decide if Negros and Caucasians should be able to marry, too.

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