Gay Marriage Momentum Stalls in 2 US States

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    Nov 27, 2009 11:44 AM GMT
  • Sebastian18

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    Nov 27, 2009 3:37 PM GMT
    I think Evan Wolfson summed it up pretty well in the article saying:

    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HERE"In any civil rights struggle there are going to be periods of creeping and periods of leaping,"

    While marriage should definitely be the goal, I think that one of the things that some states could do to get the process going quicker is to focus on equal legal protections or something like Washington State's "everything but marriage" bill which offers many if not all of the same legal benefits.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 28, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    I am not surprised at the lack of progress in getting gay marriage legalised. Because of ignorant, primitive-minded religious right wingers gay marriage has become an extremely tough sell in terms of voter referendums. Here in New York the governor has tried to introduce legislation making gay marriage legal in New York and the state assembly has passed gay marriage bill several times already. It is that useless state senate that keeps stalling and pondering on the gay marriage bills to a point where the time expires and the process has to be started all over again. Furthermore with our state's serious budget crisis and depressed economy, gay marriage is not considered an important issue at this time. People here are worried about their tax rates and what is next for New York. Several New Yorkers are out of work and are barely getting by as it is in these tough economic times.
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    Nov 28, 2009 5:22 PM GMT
    I thought over 10 years ago, as a strategic tactic, that we should target approval of civil unions. That was winnable, and in time the line between civil unions and marriages would blur. Eventually we would get full marriage rights.

    But our gay leadership thought otherwise, and took an all-or-nothing approach. You can judge by the results, with gay marriage now barred in a majority of US states.

    I understand tactics & strategy. My focus is winning. We are not winning. I would therefore judge our current gay leadership to have failed.

    I wish we had cold logic in charge of this, instead of emotional queens. Until that happens, we can expect to continue to lose.