by E. Dunn
With 27 days before the election, we are in the historic position of being ahead in every single state where gay marriage is on the ballot! We’ve had the lead in Maine, Maryland, and Washington since early October. A Public Policy Polling poll released Tuesday, October 9 just put Minnesota marriage advocates ahead of its foes by 3 percentage points. Plus we’ve got nearly four more weeks to get more voters on our sides for a more comfortable margin.
It may have been sweet ads like the one below that tipped the balance in Minnesota.
Voters in Maine will be the first in the nation to pass a marriage equality law by popular vote if the current lead of 56.6 percent supporting and 39 percent opposing prevails. Voters in Washington, Minnesota, and Maryland will vote on existing pro-equality legislation passed by each state’s judicial branch. Let’s hold our breaths and stay steady cause it looks like we are in good shape right now, marriage-wise. Marriage initiatives in four states have the majority of voters supporting GLBTQ rights.
We all know about many same-sex marriage advocates and some of the more infamous bigots out there (Boy Scouts of America, this is you). But did you know Hugh Hefner and Kim Kardashian champion equality?
Kim Kardashian may have become a poster girl for gay marriage after her 72-day long marriage to Kris Humphries sullied the institution and all. The real Kim K. is a marriage equality supporter and celebrated Obama’s support of same-sex marriage, on her website:
“We’ve never had a president so supportive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and today I am proud to be an American!!”
Hefner linked the attacks on gay marriage to the conservatives’ fight against other celebrations of sex and sexuality, saying:
“Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom,” …Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalize your entire sex life.”
While support comes from unexpected places, gay marriage opponents are increasingly loathe to spread their hate so vocally. Wikipedia’s “List of opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States” shows primarily fundy organizations and churches opposing equal rights, along with a host of current and former elected officials (over 90% Republican). Haters include the Mormons, the Knights of Columbus, the KKK, Southern Baptists, Orthodox Jews, United Methodists and a host of “Coalition for Marriage/NOM” type hate groups. Sure, foes hide behind groups like NOM – but those groups must now release donor lists.
All this to say: We’re winning (and they’re crazy!). When marriage foes go such great length to protect their anonymity and a bare-bones list of right-wing inequality supporters pales in contrast to a list of supporters that grows generationally diverse and includes, like, real companies and organizations (Starbucks, Apple, Microsoft, Expedia, and so on) time is on our side. And if we win big this November, SCOTUS will have all the more evidence to uphold our rights.