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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

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 6 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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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 6 months ago

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

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somedude20 2 years, 6 months ago

unless a lesbian is raped by a male a lesbian trying to have a child experiences complications and has to terminate the pregnancy guess gay people are not good now, huh?

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 6 months ago

It was a jab at the bible thumpers. I should have written "gay relationships". Ain't no thang...Gay folks are all good in my opinion.

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TinmanKC 2 years, 6 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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jafs 2 years, 6 months ago

Only if you believe the Bible is the basis for our society, rather than the Constitution.

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MarcoPogo 2 years, 6 months ago

Tell me about the rabbits, George.

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somedude20 2 years, 6 months ago

prove all that god/bible junk is real otherwise you are just repeating something that has as much credibility of being real as Santa/Alice in Wonderland.

Grown people should not believe in such fairy tales

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voevoda 2 years, 6 months ago

But in the Bible, rockchalk1977, often marriage wasn't between one man and one woman. Often it was between one man and many women.
The Bible does not specify what the "sin of Sodom" was. It might well have been attacking strangers who sought refuge.

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Ragingbear 2 years, 6 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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jafs 2 years, 6 months ago

He can believe whatever he likes, as can you.

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