Tag Archives: Same-Sex Marriage
Up next tomorrow
The Florida primary
Then, moon caucuses?
Half of Maryland
Back legalizing marriage
Against providing birth control
Yet prescribed by law.
Because you’re so loyal to this blog, you know that same-sex marriages were legalized in Vermont today. Although it’s the fourth state to do so, itâ€™s the first to pass the measure via the legislature. John Aravosis of AMERICAblog explains it best:
â€œ…in Vermont, the legislature made marriage legal. Not the courts, the legislature. Why does this matter? Because Republicans have been arguing for years that the problem with gay marriage is that THE COURTS are making these decisions, rather than the people via their elected representatives.â€
And to illustrate his point, hereâ€™s a taste of Republican reactions to a similar measure passed in Iowa only four days ago (albeit through the courts):
Mitt Romney: “I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman and the definition of marriage should be left to the people and not to activist courts.”
Michael Steele: “The Iowa Supreme Court’s decision today to reverse an 11 year old state law outlawing same-sex marriage is sadly another example of judicial activism currently threatening family values in America.â€
Mike Huckabee: “Iowa Sup. Court dec. to allow same sex marriage is disappointing. All Iowans should have a say in this matter, not legislative judges â€¦â€ (via Twitter, of course)
How will Republicans explain their thinly veiled prejudices now that their evil-activist-courts excuse has been shattered? Let’s hear some creative guesses.
Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage by legislation when the state legislature overrode Governor Jim Douglas’ veto today of a bill that allows gay and lesbian couples to wed in the state.Â Same-sex marriage was legalized by the courts in the three other states (Connecticut, Iowa, and Massachusetts) where it is permitted.
See the full Washington Post article on the story.