I’m fairly certain I’m never going to “get” determining civil rights by popular vote. Regardless, on November 6 voters in four states “” Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington “” will do just that, regarding marriage equality.
The video above is from The Four 2012, who say of the video:
From Dick Cheney to 50 Cent, all kinds of Americans are supporting marriage equality.
From The Four 2012:
We can make history by winning marriage equality ballot initiatives in Maine, Maryland and Washington State.
In Minnesota the fight is a different one – we’ll be stopping a total ban on same-sex marriage.
Every day, The FOUR will be putting out a new piece of interesting content from a celebrity or artist – if you like it, all you need to do is share it.
Another effort toward the same ends is from Legalize Love Bug.
Worried that recent tight polling numbers might lead to four more states rejecting equal marriage or adopting a constitutional ban … gay Obama supporters with the website LegalizeLove.com are calling on the President to directly speak out on November 6 marriage votes in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.
Their efforts include a short video
… that uses Obama’s own words in support for equal marriage. … (The video) features gay and lesbian couples in wedding dresses and tuxedos speaking in unison with Obama speech quotes that have been edited together … .
Sorry I can’t embed it, but go here to see it.
About what’s happening in each of the four states:
On Jan. 26, members of The Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition delivered more than 105,000 signatures to the Secretary of State to place a citizen’s initiative on the Nov. 6, 2012, ballot with the intent of allowing same-sex couples to receive a marriage license while also protecting religious freedom. …
The citizen’s initiative would allow same-sex couples to receive a marriage license in Maine. In addition, it also provides that no clergy person or religious institution is required to perform or to host a marriage against his or her religious beliefs.
Marylander for Marriage Equality urges “Vote for Question 6″, which would allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license.
From their website:
Marylanders for Marriage Equality is the campaign working to defend marriage equality at the ballot box this November. We work closely with a diverse, broad-based coalition … . Gay and lesbian couples share the same values of love, commitment and strong families””they should have the same opportunity to get a marriage license.
Washington United for Marriage urges approval of Referendum 74.
Working together, we passed a landmark marriage equality bill in Washington State. Our opponents are determined to roll back our progress. They turned in enough signatures to put marriage up for a vote in November. Help us defend the freedom to marry for all loving couples by pledging to Approve Referendum 74.
The efforts of Minnesotans United for All Families are a bit different.
In May 2011, the Minnesota State Legislature voted to put a constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballots in Minnesota … : “˜Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Minnesota?’
Minnesotans United for All Families is a broad coalition of organizations and community and business leaders having conversations with Minnesotans about why this amendment “” which seeks to limit the freedom to marry for committed couples in Minnesota “” must be defeated. Faith, labor, progressive, and nonpartisan organizations, communities of color, current and former elected officials, Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Independents, and Libertarians have all joined with our campaign to … encourage Minnesotans to vote NO in November.
The efforts by those opposing marriage equality are well funded. From HRC:
The Catholic Church is funneling unprecedented dollar amounts into the four states where marriage equality is on the ballot this fall … . The new report from the Human Rights Campaign finds that the Church has spent at least $1.1 million as part of its broader effort to deny loving, committed couples the right to marry. In addition, a close ally of the Church and past co-conspirator, the National Organization for Marriage, has spent nearly $1.4 million on the four ballot measures. In the aggregate, the Church and NOM are the single largest funders of discrimination, responsible for funding nearly 60 percent of all anti-equality efforts in Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington.
One reason for the state efforts of NOM, the Catholic Church and others is likely related to the fact that they were anticipating the decision released yesterday: Second Federal Appeals Court Ruling Against DOMA. Even worse (for them) was this, from the ACLU:
This is the first federal appeals court decision to decide that government discrimination against gay people gets a more exacting level of judicial review, known as “˜heightened scrutiny.’
Keen News explains that in the ruling against DOMA, the court
… said that “˜homosexuals as a group have historically endured persecution and discrimination,’ that “˜homosexuality has no relation to aptitude or ability to contribute to society,’ that “˜homosexuals are a discernible group,’ and that gay people, as a class, “˜remains a politically weakened minority.’
For those reasons, said the court, laws treating people differently because they are gay should be given a heightened level of scrutiny by the courts.
(Marriage is a Basic Civil Right poster via AFER)