The ballot for gay marriage

Jessica Cuffman
Feb 27, 2013

 

Significant news on the campaign for gay rights this week.

The New York Times broke the story about dozens of prominent Republicans signing a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry.

It will be submitted to the Supreme Court in support of a lawsuit seeking to strike down Proposition 8 in California, a vote to ban same sex marriage in the state — and also referred to by its opposition as Proposition Hate.

Perhaps former House Representative from Ohio, Deborah Pryce, put it best when quoted by NYT.

“Like a lot of the country, my views have evolved on this from the first day I set foot in Congress. I think it’s just the right thing, and I think it’s on solid legal footing, too,” she said.

Eight states now allow same-sex marriage: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Washington and Vermont.

Ohio does not.

But that could change, if the group Freedom to Marry is successful in obtaining the 400,000 signatures needed to place a state constitutional amendment on the ballot to change the 2004 initiative that passed with 60 percent support to ban same-sex marriage in Ohio.

Meanwhile, and this has been floating around for awhile, but the blunder of a FOX News columnist in posting file art of a lesbian couple dressed as bride and groom on top of the Empire State Building as an illustration of traditional marriage, really makes me giggle.

Giggle really hard.

Because the columnist's demonization of feminism, her continuous rants about the emasculation of men, her push for "traditional" marriage and women in "women's" roles and men in "men's" roles, is ridiculous.

I giggle because it's easier than getting angry.

I don't expect the ways people think about the world to change overnight. But I do expect people to be critical thinkers. To reason and debate and talk, and make informed decisions if they decide to change their minds.

It seems like that's what's finally happening with gay rights, in an almost tumbling manner, like a snowflake that starts an avalanche.

If the Freedom to Marry initiative makes the Ohio ballot, our state is sure to be the center of national attention. Again. During an election.

I can't wait.

Comments

4-wheeler al

united states is going bad,shouldbe teaching right from wrong. they do anything for a voteto get in office.should putt open season states could make money on hunting tags.

mrlizzzard

separation of church and state is so confusing.If gay marriage was called a civil union and was allowed the couple could marry in a religious ceremony later if they wished.I think hetero couples may like that also.The civil union would serve every purpose and marriage would not confuse the law.

mrlizzzard

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thinkagain

And yet another one sided article.

luvblues2

That is typically what a blog is, thinkagain. Where have you been for the past few years?

concernedtruth

God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Gay marriage is wrong. I will not succumb to the wants of a loss world to accept gay marriage as correct or acceptable. It does not mean I do not care for or love the individual who is living this life style. Many people fail to understand Love is not always accepting of individuals, it is caring for them.

The Answer Person

HA HA You said SUCCUMB!

Bluto

If people don't like or accept it , fine . That is your right , but don't stand in the way of those who do . If your beliefs are truly strong , then they should be able to handle this , without resorting to oppression . Live and let live.

Brainiac2007

I don't see where they said they were interfering in your right to have sex with your same sex partner! Its AGAINST what God calls proper and hopefully will not pass in the state of Ohio. This state has enough problems and our children are already messed up enough they don't need this immorality to contend with mentally as they are going into puberty and doubting themselves because this is in their face. Our children have enough to go through. I have a few people I care about totally that have decided they are "gay" I wont stop loving, but I've definitely stopped helping out, as I will NOT be labeled as an accepting participant to this behavior!

concernedtruth

I totally agree and stand with you in this!

Trustafarian

I too like to pick and choose which laws I follow or disregard that god calls proper in the book of Leviticus. For example, I've never killed an adulterer but I have eaten shellfish. I've also never bought a slave from a neighboring country but I have worked on Sunday. I also wear clothes made of two different materials but I have never fornicated with an animal.

Contango

@T:

A "likely" story. :)

Trustafarian

I was helping that sheep get over the fence!

44846GWP

Would you prefer to be labeled a bigot?

Pterocarya frax...

They didn't "decide" they are gay.

ole45mag

How about..."Anne Celeste Heche" Heche's same-sex relationship with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and the events following their breakup became subjects of widespread media interest. The couple started dating in 1997, and at one point, said they would get a civil union if such became legal in Vermont.
Since, she has gotten married to a MAN, got divorced and moved in with a MAN. And she has 2 kids by having sex with MAN and a MAN.

Contango

Agree that gay marriage (and abortion) should be a states rights issue.

Licorice Schtick

Sure. And slavery, too, right?

Contango

@ LS:

Outside of confiscatory taxation (slavery), I believe that issue's been settled.

BTW: The Northern textile mills seemed to really enjoy that Southern cotton and pushed 'em for more production.

Also, due to Reconstruction, blacks were allowed to vote in the South before they could exercise that right in states like Ohio.

Simple Enough II

Yeah and look what it got us!

44846GWP

What??!

Pterocarya frax...

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed"

OMG.LOL.WT_

I agree Pterocarya. I disagree with Contango. It should not be state or federal, but no one's business but their own.

Contango

Ideologically, I don't disagree with you, but to be "realistic," Constitutionally many changes in Fed law started in the states - abortion, income tax, women’s suffrage, Soc. Security, et al.

Amendment 10:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

007

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Off-topic comments.

Trustafarian

A word to the wise: If you're going to debate Contango you'd better do your research and be able to support your argument. While I may not agree with him some of the time, I have learned much from him. He does not suffer fools lightly. You've been warned.

luvblues2

LOL...and what is it that is supposed to make me think that you are not Contango in this comment section with another handle/user name? The website does not show IP addresses.

PS, if you are not in fact Contango, (and quite a lot of other user names), you have your nose stuck so far up his butt that you can probably smell the same thing he does.

Trustafarian

Can you blame me? Have you seen the price of corn lately?

Contango

@ T:

Thanks for trying to stir caca up. :)

BTW:

I sat and talked with my lesbian neighbor about a week ago over some important neighborhood business.

Also, we had a young twenty -something lesbian couple over for dinner a couple weeks ago. I served Pinot Noir with the roast pork.

KnuckleDragger

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Remarks that discriminate based on age, race, religion, disability, etc. and Off-topic comments.

Contango

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Profane, obscene, sexual or derogatory language.

lol.

Seems absurd; how is the entire focus of this article not "s*xual?"

And some religious readers find the content to be:

"Profane and obscene" in nature.

Guess it depends on whose sacred cow is being roasted huh?

OMG.LOL.WT_

Trustafarian, I offered my opinion. No research needed.

Trustafarian

I respect your opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own.

Unassumer

I don't care if gays want to marry nor do I care that they have chosen that lifestyle. What I care about is not having to hear about it all the time and I want the ones next door to clean up their yard around their trailer. They are pigs.

Trustafarian

Maybe they're waiting on a tornado?

cominguproses

Marriage should be about love. Period. Who are you, or who am I to say who someone can and cannot fall in love with? Don't like it, don't go to the wedding, don't look through their windows. ?? Who cares?

rickross2

Gay means Happy. There are no "happy marriages" I dont understand the headline for this story.

common cents

cominguproses. Geez, you can't say that about love. Read all of the comments about all these people loving their dogs! Seriously though because some have self-esteem issues, mental incapacities, etc. that makes it right?! In today's world you're forced to accept "everything". I mean different is "okay". Soooo, back to pooch. Guess that marriage should be okay also - I mean you cannot discriminate against anybody or a dog, right?!