Saturday, November 8, 2008

Open Forum: Constitutional Amendment Allowing SSM?

We are always fighting off propositions to have constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage. In many locales voters have voted to define marriage as between one man and one woman within their state constitutions.

What about a fight to amend the state constitutions to allow for marriage equality? If it loses, we lose nothing. If it wins it would be unprecedented and make world history. It would be the first time voters decided to grant marriage rights to all couples.

Do you think this could work anywhere, if so, where? Why aren't there efforts by pro-equality forces engaging in these tactics? Is there a state or country where voters are most likely to vote to approve same-sex marriage and on what basis?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not fight for domestic partnerships to be equal to marriage?? If you don't call it "marriage" no one will complain. Pick a different word and no one will complain. Create your own laws for "divorce".

Anonymous said...

Because separate but equal never is. Oh, and about that whole word thing, you do realize that the religious definition, the word that supposedly has the Christians so up in arms, is the right that gays have always had? A gay person has always had the right to be married before their God, it's just illegal for the state to recognize it secularly.

Jackson Howa said...

I've been thinking about this. Maybe it is time to start pushing these sorts of ballot measures. Maybe we could try to repeal the marriage ban here in Oregon?

fritzliess said...

We need a comprehensive Equal Rights Amendment:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law in California shall not be denied or abridged by the state on account of:

- Sex
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Immigration status
- The disbelief or denial of the existence of God or gods
- The choice not to practice a religion or creed
- DNA or genetic differences

Section 2. The California legislature shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that I am a straight woman and I fully believe in EQUAL rights for gay couples including the title of marriage. I hope you all attain the respect you deserve and I am sincerely sorry for the ignorance that straight people have demonstrated in California this past few months and especially on November 4th. I am a college graduate from UCSD in biology and also raised catholic. I truly believe that the people judging you will be judged in the end and they will finally know that they were wrong. Stay strong. They can live with the hate in their hearts and God knows it very well.

Queers United said...

Its nice to see so many straight allies, you guys are critical in our fight for equality. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

i always thought that we should be putting out propositions to make amending the constitution a harder route, like the 2/3rds required by the US Constitution. The marriage issue is passing on simple majorities. Even the founding fathers knew that altering basic principles set forth in a constitution should be done only with a super majority not on the whims of a majority which suppresses the voice of the minority.

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