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Nov. 9th, 2006

Silver lining department:

'Anti-marriage amendments were on the ballot in eight state referendums and were approved in seven of the eight, but by significantly lower margins than in past years. In 2004, there were 11 anti-marriage amendments on the November ballot, and in only two of them did opposition top 40 percent: Oregon (43 percent) and Michigan (41 percent.)

“It’s clear that fear-mongering around same-sex marriage by the GOP and the extreme Christian right is fizzling out,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “It doesn’t have the juice it had just two years ago — people are getting sick of it.” '


http://www.247gay.com/article.cfm?section=66&id=11463

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fr_defenestrato
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
It IS pretty encouraging...
Of course I was feeling mopey yesterday, mostly because of friggin' Virginia, where I useta and might soon again work. jaegerbeast and the_mishka, who live in the Almost-common-except-for-them-fags-wealth, actively worked to convince other natives to vote no on the DP ban (dunno about all the other states, but Virginny was about banning more than just marriage), but of course the real problem lies in the vast, uncharted areas of Virginia that are NOT Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun Counties, where people fuck their siblings (but only if they're the opposite sex).

It seems clear that fewer people support constitutional amendments or any legislation that explicitly denies any group of people basic equal rights; when the issue is "marriage" per se, an overwhelming majority of Christians and other nutcases still seem to get bent out of shape keeping the status quo of the legal definition ("Marriage: a legal contract of no social significance between one man and one woman who enter into a trial-and--error relationship, the better to fuck up each other's lives and the lives of their offspring when they eventually realize they were out of their fucking minds in the first place.") But as the language of these things creeps into creepier territory, like making it explicitly illegal to honor legal arrangements between unmarried partners (same- or opposite-sex) (and if the opposition can get people to actually READ the damn amendment), then people seem to back off.

Maybe more people are realizing/deciding that it's NOT a very nice thing that sweet old Uncle Jim cannot legally visit the man he's made a life with for 35 years who's now dying of metastasized colon cancer in a hospital room and whose family disowned him decades ago but just showed up again when they learned he actually made some money in the intervening years.

People do have an inherent sense of fairness, methinks, whatever their priests and preachers condition them to believe about the will of this or that ridiculous deity they imagine they talk to.
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