A tough road to victory for gay marriage supporters

Nov 10, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Baltimore Sun

The two Baptist pastors didn't know a soul at Gov. Martin O'Malley 's big breakfast for supporters of his same-sex marriage bill back in January.

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If they really get to know US, not just perjorative stereotypes, things change.

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snyper wrote:
If they really get to know US, not just perjorative stereotypes, things change.
That's why things are starting to snowball for us.

More people feel safe coming out, which leads to more support, which leads to more people feeling safe coming out, which leads to more support, etc, etc.

It's harder to demonize gays & lesbians when people actually know gays & lesbians in their life.

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That's why things are starting to snowball for us.
More people feel safe coming out, which leads to more support, which leads to more people feeling safe coming out, which leads to more support, etc, etc.
It's harder to demonize gays & lesbians when people actually know gays & lesbians in their life.
Unless they only know the totally irresponsible sociopathic ones.(sigh)

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I really think we owe the victory in Maryland to the President. Without his respected leadership, I think the blacks would have continued to follow the instructions of their ministers. I have no doubt Obama's endorsement also gave some ministers wiggle room. And I'm sure it encouraged (or possibly enabled) the strong support from NAACP. Which ever way the President was leaning, black rights groups probably didn't want to be seen as too far away.

I thought that we would win Washington and Maine due to the fact that these were both re-runs of 2009. Instead of the knee-jerk reaction that NOM has always relied on, people in both states had three years to consider the issue. And I can tell you from being on-the-ground in Maine that people had come to firm, considered, defensible conclusions.

I am surprised Maryland overcame the resistance to rapid change. Perhaps it's because much of Maryland is hyper-political already--the Post being a major source of news and opinion. Perhaps the battles in DC and the year-earlier legislative failure got conversations started. Or maybe it's just time around the entire nation.

One thing we should note is that the Bradley Effect all-but-disappeared in the final ballots. I think this is a wonderful sign that people are more comfortable discussing the issues and more comfortable with their own conclusions.

As for Minnesota, I was completely taken by surprise. I don't think any of the polls showed more than 50% opposition to the state amendment. My observation was that MN for Marriage had a well-organized campaign, and opposition to the amendment was weak and late arriving.

Congratulations to all four states. Maryland in particular pulled a hat trick. Well done.

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I'm way out west Texas and when we announced we are getting married there was hardly a blink. Certainly can't say that would be the same for much east of us other than Austin and Houston and maybe San Antonio.

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I'm way out west Texas and when we announced we are getting married there was hardly a blink. Certainly can't say that would be the same for much east of us other than Austin and Houston and maybe San Antonio.
Or Bryan/College Station?
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youtube.com/watch... …Theres no stopping Legalize same sex Marrages now,,,USA has already permitted it,,the Military is now taking Gays.

The entire USA will be legalized same sex Marrage,ok?

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