published Friday, November 9th, 2012

Approval for same-sex marriage

More and more Americans, particularly the young, regard lesbians and gay men as a fully accepted, mainstream minority within the nation's larger population. That feeling, no doubt, helped make Tuesday's referenda in several states historic for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Voters in three states -- Maryland, Maine and Washington -- overwhelmingly approved legislation that makes same-sex marriage legal. Voters in Minnesota rejected an amendment to the state Constitution that would have banned same-sex marriage. These actions alone would be a highly conspicuous political victory for the LGBT community, but there were additional meaningful signs of acceptance from broader society.

Voters in Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate. She will be the first openly gay member of that body. Voters elsewhere also sent at least six lesbian and gay members to the U.S. House. That's a record. Still, the gains in public acceptance of gays and lesbians signaled by Tuesday's results must be tempered by the fact that such favor is far from universal.

Thirty states still have constitutional amendments that ban gay marriage, and others have laws that effectively do the same. The climate for changing those laws is much improved following Tuesday's results. It has to be. More than 30 previous efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in various states had been defeated in the previous 14 years. The victories Tuesday certainly change the political equation.

Indeed, the triumphs Tuesday should give new energy to efforts already underway to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island and Delaware next year. They might re-ignite similar campaigns in Illinois and Oregon as well. It is likely, too, that approval will inspire similar attempts in states where same-sex marriage advocates previously felt that the political climate was not congenial to their cause.

Legislative attempts to reverse same-sex marriage bans will continue. The next step in the campaign to guarantee marriage equality will be in the courts. Sometime soon, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear cases involving a California law that bans same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies recognition of same-sex unions. Lower courts have found both to be unconstitutional. The high court should accept both cases and rule in favor of gay marriage.

That might anger some, but it undoubtedly would please the many Americans who have signaled their approval of same sex marriage at the ballot box and in a multitude of public opinion polls.

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lkeithlu said...

When someone can offer a secular reason why gays cannot marry, I may reconsider. Until then, full rights for all!

November 9, 2012 at 8:16 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Who cares who marries who? Only the religious orthodox that believe in sky gods, magic powers, and fairy-tales as reality.

And their opinion is supposed to mean something?

November 9, 2012 at 9:56 a.m.
joneses said...

The only reason gays want to marry is for monetary reasons, plain and simple. When the marriage penalty is reinstated because Hussein Obama lacks the leadership to compromise with congress the gays will not be so inclined to marry. I find it absolutely absurd how gays define love as placing a sex organ in a man's digestive tract. How does that feel dayton? if you respond then apparently my opinion means something to you. But you know what? I do not care if gays say they are married or not. Just because the government says they are married that does not mean I have to believe they are married because Hussein Obama is not God. I know you are shocked y that last statement so please, take an aspirin, lay down with a cold compress on your head and elevate your feet to avoid impending cardiac arrest.

November 9, 2012 at 10:04 p.m.

joneses's is going to be sad when he learns that heterosexual couples do that too...

But nobody's caring about your beliefs, it's the law that matters.

Of course you're certainly self-absorbed enough to think you are above the law.

November 9, 2012 at 11:49 p.m.
joneses said...

happywithbeingapervert

I wish you would have not shared you placing you scrotum in your wife's ass. We do not care how disgusting you are so please keep it to your self. But what else would we expect from a pervert like you.

November 10, 2012 at 6:58 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

joneses, what people do in private is none of your business. That you even think about it says a lot about your own perversion problems.

November 10, 2012 at 7:25 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

Poor Joneses, how sad he doesn't know the difference between a penis and scrotum. Pity his poor wife too, though I bet his lack of sexual knowledge has created great moments of uncontrollable laughter.

Let's hope he hasn't reproduced his genetic deficiencies in offspring (that's children, Joneses).

November 10, 2012 at 8:55 a.m.

Only joneses would be so narcissistic as to think everybody is always talking about themselves.

My prayers go out to anybody who has to associate with joneses in real life.

November 10, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
joneses said...

ike, I agree what you, happywithpooponhispecker, and dayton do in your bedroom is your business. You might want to tell happywithbeingapooppecker to stop advertising his perverted activities. I do not care, I really don't.

dayton I am sure you know all about the ass, penis and scrotum or at least you know all about happy's and ikek's.

Will you three please keep your sex life to yourselves? We do not care.

November 10, 2012 at 12:27 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Will you three please keep your sex life to yourselves? We do not care.

No, I think you do care. About us and everyone else. I think you are REALLY interested, actually. So much so that you can't help but bring it up every time you can.

November 10, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

joneses uttered: "dayton I am sure you know all about the ass, penis and scrotum . . ."

You're right I do. Unfortunately you don't so I bet you're constantly changing your underwear, unable to have sex with humans, and failed biology class.

You brought it up, Joneses. No one else mentioned genitals until you uttered your nonsense about a scrotum in the 4th post from the top.

Nothing beats a fundamentalist Christian education to learn about biology and reproduction.

You are hereby renamed "Scrotum Jones — Lord and Savior of the Nether-parts."

November 10, 2012 at 1:22 p.m.
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