This has been quite a ride.
What's different about this time is that people were actually voting on permitting same-sex marriage, not prohibiting it.
While we were in most cases on the defensive, with anti-SSM folks bringing the issue to the ballot, it was different in Maine, where proponents of SSM brought the issue before the voters. I thought it was too soon after the defeat there in 2009, but I'm glad I was wrong.
In Maryland and Washington state, a same-sex marriage law passed by the legislature was petitioned to referendum. Maine's 2009 vote was also on a legislatively-passed bill. Minnesota had the old-fashioned constitutional amendment to bar same-sex marriage.
After the passage of an extremely restrictive amendment in North Carolina this past May, I was quite disheartened, but now we can claim victory. However, this is not the first time, as an Arizona amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions was defeated in 2006, although a marriage-only prohibition passed in 2008.
Reporting on this issue has often been quite sloppy. Minnesota's defeat of the amendment would not make same-sex marriage there legal, despite some news stories to the contrary. The difference between Maine and what was to be voted on in Maryland and Washington was also often not clarified.
And, as someone noted, the opponents of SSM have been moving the goalposts. When same-sex marriage came to be by court ruling, we heard that the legislatures needed to do this, not the courts. When legislatures started passing same-sex marriage laws, we heard that something this important needed to be decided by the people. Now that the people have decided, as Smokey said, I wonder what they will want next. Note that I am speaking of the opponents of same-sex marriage.
What do you think the prospects are for SSM in Delaware?
Google is my friend.
Delaware could legalize marriage equality next year, according to Gov. Jack Markell.
Markell, a Democrat, supports legalizing same-sex marriage, and he has said in the past that he believes marriage equality is "inevitable" in his state. He previously predicted the Delaware legislature would take up the issue "probably within the next few years."
But in an interview at The Huffington Post's offices on Monday [6 August 2012], Markell said he expected the legislature to work on it as soon as the next session.
Where did Haberdasher say same-sex was the norm? He didn't. Maybe you should pay attention to what he actually said.
World English Dictionary
normal (ˈnɔːm ə l)
1. usual; regular; common; typical: the normal way of doing it ; the normal level
2. constituting a standard: if we take this as normal
a. being within certain limits of intelligence, educational success or ability, etc
b. conforming to the conventions of one's group 4. biology, med (of laboratory animals) maintained in a natural state for purposes of comparison with animals treated with drugs, etc
5. chem N (of a solution) containing a number of grams equal to the equivalent weight of the solute in each litre of solvent
6. chem denoting a straight-chain hydrocarbon: a normal alkane . Prefix: n-, e.g. n- octane
7. geometry another word for perpendicular
8. the usual, average, or typical state, degree, form, etc
9. anything that is normal
10. geometry a line or plane perpendicular to another line or plane or to the tangent of a curved line or plane at the point of contact
[C16: from Latin normālis conforming to the carpenter's square, from norma norm ]
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