Already a month into 2012 and numerous pro- and anti- gay marriage legislation and ballot referendums have cropped up in more than a few states. Excluding North Carolina, these fights have so far been limited to the traditionally blue states in New England and surrounding states. That'd probably explain how much of this issue has flown under the radar despite this being an obsessive topic for our "unbiased" Republican debate moderators.
I'll state my biases up front: I may be right leaning, but I am also gay. I disagree with the average RedStater on the issue of gay marriage so this post will remain entirely 'my bias' free, except to bash liberals. It solely is going to be a wrap up of the state of the States with respect to marriage. Use this information as you will to support or oppose same sex marriage.
Maine: Voters reversed an effort by the legislature to legalize gay marriage several years ago. Gay marriage groups have however gathered enough signatures to place another referendum on the November ballot. Equality Maine claims their polling shows 54% support.
Maryland: Democratic Gov. O'Malley announced his support for gay marriage during the state of the State. He has gone onto introduce a bill into the legislature which is soon scheduled for a committee vote. I believe a similar measure passed the Senate last year, but failed in the House. The recent WaPo poll shows Maryland voters are 50/50 split on the issue.
Minnesota: A referendum has been placed on the November ballot to amend the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. PPP has pinned support for the amendment at 48%, opposition at 44% and 8% of the electorate as clueless.
New Jersey: Both chambers of New Jersey's legislature are expected to be able to easily pass a bill legalizing gay marriage despite Gov. Chris Christie's pledge to veto any gay marriage bill that crosses his desk. However, Gov. Christie has also voiced his support of placing a referendum on this November's ballot; a move that Christie has predicted NJ voters would easily pass. Marriage conscious voters should know that the only major obstacle to a voter's referendum is the Democratic leadership (i.e. further evidence of liberals believing they 'own' groups) and that there is a chance the Democrats may scrap up a veto-proof vote. Voting in the legislature should happen within the next few weeks.
North Carolina: Voters will vote on a constitutional referendum to define marriage as between one man and one woman in May, which is the same day as the Republican primary. There will be a Democratic primary on the ballot as well, because Gov. Purdue has recently announced that she is declining to run for reelection. However, this only brings support down to a 22% or 56/34 margin for traditional marriage.
Washington: Do-nothing Democratic Gov. Gregoire announced her intent to legalize gay marriage this year, probably to detract from her terrible governing record. While Washington already has civil unions, the bill is expected to pass after the state Senate voted in favor of the bill 28-25 with 4 Republicans crossing party lines. The House vote is rumored to occur tomorrow at around 1pm PST at which time Washington will be set to become the 7th state to legalize same sex marriage. A voter's referendum challenge is expected by same sex marriage opponents.
Republican Cadidates: Romney was the latest to be glittered bombed by gay activists a few day ago for his support of a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Demonstrating how absolutely childish and stupid my fellow progressive gay friends are.
Proposition 8: The 9th Circuit of Appeals ruled today that California's attempt to amend the state Constitution was unconstitutional. However, the ruling was quite narrow in the sense that the justices did not rule on gay marriage, but instead on the unique circumstance of California striking down same sex marriage after it had allowed gay men and women the right to marry for 5 months. (i.e. the court struck down Judge Walker's incredible claim that gay marriage is unconstitutional, and instead limited it to California's actions of first allowing and then disallowing gay marriage "without cause").
That's a wrap.