This election cycle brought about a failure in marriage initiatives across the country to legalize same-sex marriages. The people of the several states did go out of their way to define it as a man and a woman, though.
In California, it was banned with 52% of the vote.
In Arizona, 56% of the vote.
In Florida, 62% of the vote.
(Source: USA Today)
One thing that gay rights supporters did learn across the country is that the opposition is well-funded, well-operated, and uses mob-like tactics (threatening to label businesses as “pro-gay” if they didn’t donate to them). On our side, we do what we can, but it’s nowhere near as organized as the anti-gay marriage crowd.
I, in my naivety, underestimated the overall public opinion towards marriage equality. We still have work to do until more than two states allow gay marriages. What will ensue now is a campaign of education, as it seems we start from scratch.
I recently found this site, marriageforward.com. It’s stated as:
“The Civil Marriage Alliance is a new grassroots organization devoted to achieving civil marriage equality by aggressively reaching out not only to gay people, but to all people.”
This is different then other gay organizations that align with parties, such as Outright Libertarians (which I’m a part of). This group is out to unite all people, gay or straight, behind the cause of equality.
The five-point plan is the back-drop of the campaign:
1 . A greater focus on including straight allies in the fight for civil marriage equality.
2. Increased emphasis on engaging minority and underserved communities on gay rights issues.
3. Better utilization of new media to build a national network of people—gay and straight—who can present a show-of-force on gay rights issues simply by virtue of standing up and being counted.
4. A national public education campaign designed to preemptively guard against misinformation campaigns like the one launched against gays in California’s Proposition 8 campaign.
5. An effort to jumpstart a national conversation about the civil nature of marriage.
To Libertarians: This isn’t the “get the government out of the marriage argument” that I myself support, but it’s a start.
To learn more about the five planks, go to marriageforward.com
Sign up there for future updates and to help us gain strength in numbers.
Thanks for reading,