The tide might be turning in public support of legalized same-sex marriage, but it won’t be smooth sailing in many states. For some, that’s good news. For gay-rights activists who hope to parlay the passage of New York’s law into a national movement toward “marriage equality,” it’s not.
Right now, 29 states have constitutional amendments that restrict marriage to one man, one woman. An additional 12 states have statuary laws restricting marriage to one man and one woman. These laws would be hard to overturn. The amendments are even harder as they signal strong political will against same-sex marriage. States with constitutional or statuary bans are all over the map, including every region of the nation.
The liberal northeast is the only region that contains a number of states that have sanctioned same-sex marriage. So it’s not surprising that gay-marriage advocates are turning to this region to chalk up additional gains, focusing on Maine, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Oregon and California are also targets. California is unique in that it’s the only state that legalized same-sex marriage and then retracted this policy. We discussed this reversal in 2008.
Is same-sex marriage sanctioned in your state?
Do you approve or disapprove?
Do you think we’ll see more states following New York?
Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue on American values.