USA: Half a Dozen More States Up for Grabs for Marriage Equality?

Written by scott on November 18th, 2012

Half a Dozen More States Up for Grabs for Marriage Equality?Elated by their first ballot victories, in four states, advocates of same-sex marriage rights plan to push legislatures in half a dozen more states toward legalization as they also press their cause in federal courts. They are also preparing for what they hope will be another milestone: the electoral reversal of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman, in Oregon in 2014.

Nine states and Washington, D.C., have now legalized same-sex marriage. Though it remains unpopular in the South, rights campaigners see the potential for legislative gains in Delaware; Hawaii; Illinois; Rhode Island; Minnesota, where they beat back a restrictive amendment last Tuesday; and New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in February.

A rapid shift in public opinion is bolstering their cause as more people grow used to the idea of same-sex marriage and become acquainted with openly gay people and couples. “The pace of the change in opinions has picked up over the last few years,” said Michael Dimock, associate research director of the Pew Research Center in Washington, “and as the younger generation becomes a larger share of the electorate, the writing is on the wall.”

Authored By Erik Eckholm – See the Full Story at The New York Times

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  1. Arkansans for Equality http://www.arkansansforequality.org is currently working to get a measure on the 2014 ballot to repeal Amendment 3 of the Arkansas Constitution, which prohibits the State from recognizing or performing same-sex marriages or civil unions.

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