Watching Equality of Marriage Rights In The 2012 Election
Thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union for assembling a list of the states where there are ballot initiatives on the issue of marriage equality for heterosexuals and homosexuals.
On Election Day in Maryland, Maine, and the state of Washington, voters will have the chance to recognize the right of all people to equal protection under the law, regardless of sexual orientation. In Minnesota, home to kooky Republicans like Michele Bachmann, right wing groups have pushed forward an initiative to prohibit marriage equality.
It would be nice if the initiative in Minnesota were voted down, and the other initiatives were approved, but such a result would not be ideal. The legal rights of American citizens shouldn’t be approved or discarded by voters. They’re constitutionally established, not a matter for popular referenda.
It’s long past time for the Supreme Court to hear a case on the right of same-sex couples to get married, and to rule in favor of ending the discrimination in many states simply because a shrinking cultural group of bigots wants to interfere in the private lives of Americans they don’t even know.