What State Could Be The Next Marriage Equality Battleground?

Nov 12, 2012 Full story: www.queerty.com 25

We're still on an emotional honeymoon over the recent marriage-equality wins at the voting booth in Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington State. But as long as we continue the piecemeal approach to equality, there will always been another battle to fight.

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#1 Nov 12, 2012
Very important.

READ THIS ONE!

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#2 Nov 12, 2012
Good article, but they forgot Hawaii.

IL, RI, DE, & HI are all likely to pass a marriage equality bill in 2013.

All four states have overwhelming democratic majorities in their state house & senate and all have a governor who publicly supports marriage equality.

With the exception of Rhode Island, I'd say it should be pretty smooth sailing in 2013.

2014 will be the real battle, especially if Oregon & Ohio decide to hold a referendum to overturn their constitutional bans.
SirAndrew

Honolulu, HI

#3 Nov 12, 2012
No, Sheeple, we're not ready in Hawai‘i. We have a court challenge moving through the federal courts, but we don't have the support in the legislature at this moment. Probably another two years.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#4 Nov 12, 2012
SirAndrew wrote:
No, Sheeple, we're not ready in Hawai‘i. We have a court challenge moving through the federal courts, but we don't have the support in the legislature at this moment. Probably another two years.
Well that's disappointing. I figured with the Dems controlling about 99% of the legislature there it would be a piece of cake now that Lingle is out of the picture.

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#5 Nov 12, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Good article, but they forgot Hawaii.
IL, RI, DE, & HI are all likely to pass a marriage equality bill in 2013.
All four states have overwhelming democratic majorities in their state house & senate and all have a governor who publicly supports marriage equality.
With the exception of Rhode Island, I'd say it should be pretty smooth sailing in 2013.
2014 will be the real battle, especially if Oregon & Ohio decide to hold a referendum to overturn their constitutional bans.
Hawaii is a mess.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#6 Nov 12, 2012
The next state will be California. Right after Thanksgiving.

Since: Mar 07

The entire US of A

#10 Nov 13, 2012
Ban Stalkers wrote:
<quoted text>Oh yeah, then we will have 33 state constitutions for normal people.
All of the states are for normal people.

We've just had a hard time removing the irrational bigots.

The process is coming along slowly, though.

Since: Mar 07

The entire US of A

#11 Nov 13, 2012
Ban Stalkers wrote:
<quoted text>41 states and still laughing.
Who's laughing?

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#12 Nov 13, 2012
Ban Stalkers wrote:
<quoted text>Oh yeah, then we will have 33 state constitutions for normal people.
Only 30 states have constitutional bans against same-sex couples marrying.

10 states have legislative bans.

9 states allow same-sex couples to marry.

1 state has no specific ban.

If you're going to troll, at least get the basic fact right.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#13 Nov 13, 2012
Ban Stalkers wrote:
<quoted text>41 states and still laughing.
Laugh all you want, but you had 44 states before Nov 7th.

So you lost 3 states in one day, with more bans to fall in the coming year.

DNF

“Religious Freedom to Marry”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH / Baltimore MD

#15 Nov 13, 2012
NoQ wrote:
You Fa$$ots are like cockroaches, nasty, disgusting, & infested with diseases.
and we still whipped you on election day.

Here's a used tissue for your used issues.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#16 Nov 13, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Laugh all you want, but you had 44 states before Nov 7th.
So you lost 3 states in one day, with more bans to fall in the coming year.
I was just thinking.... Seven years ago today, we had only one state. We have 9 today. We're adding them on pretty quickly.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#17 Nov 13, 2012
nhjeff wrote:
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I was just thinking.... Seven years ago today, we had only one state. We have 9 today. We're adding them on pretty quickly.
When you put it that way.....

Unfortunately California seems to be on indefinite hold. They moved the Prop 8 & DOMA cases conference to the 30th of Nov now. I take that as a bad sign; if they were going to just deny the Prop 8 appeal why would they keep delaying the conference. Something's up.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#18 Nov 13, 2012
nhjeff wrote:
<quoted text>
I was just thinking.... Seven years ago today, we had only one state. We have 9 today. We're adding them on pretty quickly.
FYI, same-sex couples can start marrying in Washington & Maine on 6 Dec, and in Maryland on 1 Jan.

CA, IL, RI, DE? Which will be next? My money is on Delaware.

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#19 Nov 13, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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FYI, same-sex couples can start marrying in Washington & Maine on 6 Dec, and in Maryland on 1 Jan.
CA, IL, RI, DE? Which will be next? My money is on Delaware.
And RI recognizes out of state marriages, so now they don't have to travel very far. Since they already have them, why not have them at home. No longer a need to go to Canada.

Niagara Falls now has them on both sides.

Since: Jun 11

AOL

#20 Nov 13, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
<quoted text>
When you put it that way.....
Unfortunately California seems to be on indefinite hold. They moved the Prop 8 & DOMA cases conference to the 30th of Nov now. I take that as a bad sign; if they were going to just deny the Prop 8 appeal why would they keep delaying the conference. Something's up.
They may be trying to figure out if they can take all of them as a group, but because they are so different in the details, may have to figure out how to do that, or decide to seperate the DOMAs from 8.

I've heard credible sources say they'd like to wait till more states come around as well, and that might make it easy for them to delay. I just hope they don't get it wrong the first time around, like they have done a couple times before.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#21 Nov 13, 2012
Not Yet Equal wrote:
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They may be trying to figure out if they can take all of them as a group, but because they are so different in the details, may have to figure out how to do that, or decide to seperate the DOMAs from 8.
I've heard credible sources say they'd like to wait till more states come around as well, and that might make it easy for them to delay. I just hope they don't get it wrong the first time around, like they have done a couple times before.
All the DOMA cases are essentially identical; I see no problem combining them. The Prop 8 case is totally different.

With every delay I become more pessimitic that we'll see any resolution in this session. Maybe 2013/2014?
Whatever the reason, it seems pretty clear the SCOTUS is in no hurry to address any of these cases.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#22 Nov 13, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
<quoted text>
FYI, same-sex couples can start marrying in Washington & Maine on 6 Dec, and in Maryland on 1 Jan.
CA, IL, RI, DE? Which will be next? My money is on Delaware.
If I were a betting man, my money would be on Rhode Island.(Of course, I still think SCOTUS will decline Perry THIS YEAR.) I have always said that Rhode Island would eventually move, and move quickly when it does.

I believe they passed civil unions on the first attempt. They've got a gay Speaker. And a supportive Governor. The only one in the way is the Senate President. As we saw in New York, that isn't insurmountable.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#24 Nov 14, 2012
nhjeff wrote:
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If I were a betting man, my money would be on Rhode Island.(Of course, I still think SCOTUS will decline Perry THIS YEAR.) I have always said that Rhode Island would eventually move, and move quickly when it does.
I believe they passed civil unions on the first attempt. They've got a gay Speaker. And a supportive Governor. The only one in the way is the Senate President. As we saw in New York, that isn't insurmountable.
You could be right, but if Sen Weed decides not to allow a vote, there's not much anyone can do about it. She was just unanimously reelected as Senate President.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#26 Nov 15, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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You could be right, but if Sen Weed decides not to allow a vote, there's not much anyone can do about it. She was just unanimously reelected as Senate President.
Well, then, either Senator Weed has a dossier on every member of the senate, or she plays well with others. From what I've read, it's the latter. She can be convinced.

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