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12/04/2009

2 < 5

by Jeremy Hooper

Just some perspective for the weary: We started this year with two marriage equality states. We are closing out the year with five states, with a possible sixth (New Jersey) turning in our favor before the big ball drops, and the District of Columbia likely to follow suit in Q1 of 2010.

Yes, we should have three more (California, Maine, and New York). Hell, we should have forty-five more. But we have had some undeniable nuptial-based wins this year.

So when you hear groups like NOM gloating over our setbacks, and when you hear Maggie Gallagher denying marriage equality's obvious inevitability, don't hesitate to remind them that we pro-fairness advocates actually moved the ball considerably forward in 2009. And when you hear these same folks bullying society into believing that gay people are destined to be second-class for life, show them the considerable body of evidence that's suggest society has other plans.

**Oh, and in other successful '09 news: A little birdie tells us that the most widely-read wedding magazine in the nation is about to feature its first ever same-sex marriage. More on that later...

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Coming back after three weeks without internet access to find out that we lost my grandfather's home state was not pleasant, but I'm still holding out for my grandmother's home state.

And for more perspective, even though we've lost a couple of states, we're still finishing out the year with no changes to state constitutions.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Dec 4, 2009 4:40:37 PM

I saw that! Can't wait.

Posted by: LOrion | Dec 4, 2009 4:47:52 PM

Hey Jeremy

Just want to point out, the picture that shows the states and where marriage equality is legal. Under notes, you list California losing same-sex marriage on 11/4/09, it should be 11/4/08.

I'm looking forward to making even more progress and bringing more states with marriage equality next year.

Posted by: Sam | Dec 4, 2009 5:10:20 PM

Thank you for the reminder. It really does help a lot.

Posted by: GreenEyedLilo | Dec 4, 2009 11:49:49 PM

We may have lost some battles, but we'll win the war. We'll probably see marriage equality in NY in 2011.

Maggie can bloat - I mean - gloat all she wants. We may not be able to married in NY, but our marriage are still recognized.

Posted by: stojef | Dec 6, 2009 9:08:23 PM

New York is still quite feasible in future votes (because this will come up again!). But it requires that it pass by 2015 or after 2017. It also requires that the 2010 Senatorial and Assembly campaigns begin now.

Target every person in the Senate and Assembly who voted No starting now. Educate the voters about their lack of leadership and their contribution to New York's continuing problems.

Then when the campaigns officially start, you don't have as big a hurdle to overturn undesirable incumbents. Nobody's gonna overturn Diaz but even weakening his vote in his district sends a powerful message that GLBT citizens and their numerous, numerous allies are not to be given second class status.

Posted by: Dave | Dec 7, 2009 1:11:17 PM

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