Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Major votes on gay marriage, other rights in six states take place today!

A strong editorial in The New York Times Monday Nov. 2 came out for the principle of LGBT equality, as it covers the issues in six places: New York, New Jersey and Washington DC, which it characterizes as “tantalizingly close to securing legislative approval for measures ending the hurtful and unjustifiable exclusion of same-sex couples from civil marriage.” At the same time, voters in Maine, Washington State and Kalamazoo, MI may be close to revoking advances, with the Michigan problem dealing with the more basic problem of individual discrimination in housing and employment, a kind of battle known since Anita Bryant’s heyday in the 1970s.

Then today, Nov. 3, Cheryl Wetzstein has a piece on p A16 of The Washington Times, “Polls show turn to civil unions”, link here. She traces the increase in public acceptance, or at least “tolerance”, of the manually processed rights for same sex couples in a civil union. Only a few years ago, John Kerry thought he sounded progressive when he favored “civil unions” rather than gay marriage. But, then, remember Chris Crain’s absolutist piece in the Washington Blade in March 2004, “Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve.”

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