Same Sex Marriage May Realize First Statewide Popular Vote Victories


Gay marriage is on the ballot in several states and it appears that it will pass in at least one if not all of them.  In terms of the polls, support appears to be at 53% or 54% in Washington, Maine and Maryland.  Support is little less secure in Minnesota.  But after losing on thirty different ballots, over the past number of years, it appears gay marriage is gaining momentum.  It’s just a matter of time before either the Supreme Court decides the issue, especially if President Obama is re-elected and appoints a couple of Justices or the states decide.  If left to the states, there are a number that will take quite a bit longer but many others will legalize gay marriage.  Quite frankly, as a straight, married man with children, gay marriage is really not on my radar.  I support several other causes and there’s only so much time in the day.  But as a citizen of New York City, gay marriage is legal and the earth continues to rotate on its axis.   I’m not sure why this issue raises such feelings of hostility but there are many passionate people out there, defending traditional marriage.  No one chooses to be gay and if they decide to enter in to a committed relationship they should be permitted to do so.  Along the FDR Drive in New York City there is a billboard that reads, “If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married”.  It’s pretty simple.  I suppose for those opposed to it, they see it as some kind of threat although I am unsure as to why.  Canada legalized gay marriage several years ago and that country seems to have survived and thrived.  In fact, it’s pretty much a non-issue.  So good luck to those fighting for their rights.  As I have stated many times in the past, I am a Progressive Conservative; fiscally very conservative, socially liberal.  The same way I believe government shouldn’t be involved in anyone’s financial business, it shouldn’t be involved in making restrictive social policy.

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