Happy Pride weekend. Here’s some more good news on the marriage beat to share with you this beautiful weekend here in New York.
La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization, unanimously approved a resolution supporting same-sex marriage equality, the Washington Blade reported exclusively yesterday.
It’s getting hard to keep up with all the developments on marriage, in the courts of the federal judiciary and public opinion. Since President Obama came out in support of marriage equality (and naysayers said it would sink him with black and Hispanic voters), the largest black and Hispanic civil rights groups have also come out in support. At the same time, multiple cultural leaders, politicians, and an increasing majority of Americans of all colors have joined in. Since the announcement, every federal court case, ruled on by federal judges appointed by presidents of both parties, has found in favor of marriage equality.
Even ardent Prop 8 defendant David Blankenhorn, who was an expert witness in the court court case trying to uphold the law, came out yesterday in favor of gay marriage.
Who is left to defend denying gays the right to marry?
With their star witness Blankenhorn and their one-time social media director Louis Marinelli abandoning ship, it’s going to get awfully lonely for Maggie Gallahger and Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage.
In fact, the fight against same-sex marriage is starting to mirror Obama’s election campaign theme, which Politico described like so on Tuesday (emphasis added):
“President Obama’s campaign wants to turn Mitt Romney into the candidate of old, straight, white men. Of course, his aides would never state it so crudely. But that’s the unmistakable aim of their political strategy of the past two months. The Obama campaign spent weeks playing up the contraception fight and pushing legislation to guarantee women equal pay for equal work … Obama got pushed into backing gay marriage more quickly than he wanted – but once he did, the campaign milked it for days to try to make Romney look like a throwback. The drumbeat on more affordable student loans has been constant. And now, the president is trying to drive a wedge between Romney and Hispanic voters with a sustained push to soften U.S. deportation policy. …”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 23, 2012