Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The New U.S. Map Of Marriage Equality

The New York Times reports on the current map for marriage equality and analyzes what is in store in the near future for marriage equality in the United States:
Nine states and Washington, D.C., have now legalized same-sex marriage. Though it remains unpopular in the South, rights campaigners see the potential for legislative gains in Delaware; Hawaii; Illinois; Rhode Island; Minnesota, where they beat back a restrictive amendment last Tuesday; and New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in February.
Beyond seeking repeal of Oregon’s marriage amendment, rights activists feel they can win in a repeat ballot in California if the courts do not first invalidate Proposition 8, the 2008 referendum that banned same-sex marriage, but faces a legal challenge.
It is true that the next bridge to cross will be the repeal of a previously passed constitutional ban on marriage equality. It is likely that will either happen in Oregon or California.

If the courts don't eliminate Proposition 8 for us first I would support going forward with a ballot measure to repeal it in 2014, as long as my three previous pre-conditions are met (polling showing support for marriage equality at 50% above the margin of error, significant cash on hand for the campaign at the beginning and a comprehensive, inclusive plan for how the organization running the campaign would be structured and managed).

Hat/tip to Joe.My.God

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