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Close Call for Marriage Equality in WA

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By Matt Baume

It’s coming down the wire in North Carolina. Meanwhile Denver Republicans vote to support civil unions, we’ll get a vote this week on ending marriage equality in New Hampshire, and President Obama speaks out against an anti-gay ballot measure.

A close call this week in Washington. The state will likely vote on marriage this November, and the proposed ballot measure contained the phrase “redefine marriage.” But this week a judge rejected that language, opting for a more neutral tone.

Those two words may seem like a minor quibble, but nowhere has their importance been more evident than in the UK. This week the respected Populus poll showed that 65 percent of voters support the freedom to marry when it’s described as an “equal right.” But at the same time, a push poll by the group Catholic Voices found just the opposite: by asking loaded questions, they were able to get 70% of respondents to turn against LGBTs.

So with signature-gathering starting last week in Washington, that ballot language is pretty important.

Signature-gathering has also started in Maryland. Like Washington, that state’s marriage equality bill is on hold while opponents gather signatures.

But we’re making progress in Colorado, where 56% of Denver Republicans voted to support civil unions.

And a measure in New Hampshire that would end marriage equality finally has a voting date: this Wednesday, March 21. The bill is very unpopular with voters, with about 60% opposed, but it remains to be seen how legislators will handle it.

And hundreds rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina this week. The crowd opposes Amendment One, which would add a double-ban on marriage to the state Constitution. Our opponents have been talking about activist judges and gays, but Amendment One goes beyond those issues and has the potential to harm all families, gay and straight.

So far, the polling in North Carolina is not looking good. But this week President Obama spoke out against the measure, calling it discriminatory.

And finally this week, the Prime Minister of Denmark has promised to enact marriage equality legislation by June, so mark your calendars and book your flights.

To sign up for breaking news alerts on all these stories and more, visit MarriageNewsWatch.com. And for more on the federal fight to overturn Prop 8, head over to AFER.org.

8 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Reformed  |  March 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Equal access to marriage isn't a redefinition. We are not asking for equal access to something else. Where is it written that same sex couples are not responsible for children that are produced as a result of their marriage. Admittedly, they are not likely to produce any children, but that doesnt equate to not being responsible for them if they do.

    It seems that NOM is attempting to redefine marriage. Their theme song lately seems to rip off Tina Turner's hit song, you know the one, ohhh ohhh, what's love got to with it.

  • 2. Jason  |  March 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I really just can't subscribe to the idea that an unshaven guy in flannel in front of a webcam is delivering me "news." :(

  • 3. Straight Dave  |  March 19, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I'll subscribe to him anytime. The stuff Matt puts out is informative (to me). And he's gone to the trouble to dig it up so I don't have to. Thank you, Matt!
    Of course, I lean toward unshaven flannel myself, so that might have something to do with it.

  • 4. Bill S.  |  March 20, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I forgot who said it, but there was a lesbian comedian who made a joke about how when she has lunch, she doesn't have "gay lunch," she just has lunch. And when she parks her car she doesn't "gay park" her car she just parks her car. And if she gets married, she's just getting married like anybody else.

  • 5. AnonyGrl  |  March 20, 2012 at 6:59 am

    It does not matter at all to me what he looks like. What matters is what he says, and what he believes. And Matt is definitely one of the good guys!

    Brian Brown always wears a suit…

  • 6. MightyAcorn  |  March 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Yeah, it would be better if it was one of those sexy weathergirls in a minidress. Because then, WHO CARES what the weather is, right?

    Except, uh- oh!: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/16/kyle-hun

  • 7. Waxr  |  March 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

    It doesn't matter what the polls show. It's who gets out to vote.

    You can always talk about love. It sounds nice. But it won't get voters to the polls.

    What gets voters to the polls is hate and fear. If you fear for the life and welfare of yourself, and of those around you, then you are going to go out and vote. This gives the anti-gay fraction a large edge on election day because they have fear and hate on their side.

  • 8. Jamie  |  March 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Knowing Matt, he's laughing hysterically at this comment.

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