5 Signs the Tides Have Changed for Same-Sex Marriage
More and more as of late, it is becoming clear that anti-gay sentiment and policy efforts against LGBTQ rights are on their way down. The trend is one supported by polls and state politics, by generational changes in Republicans and the political right, and by legal developments occurring across the U.S. So join us in monitoring the political weather and spot these five changes in the conservative atmosphere of America.
1. Marriage ban challenges in states
Many states presently have couples facing down state marriage bans in court, while others are dealing with appeals following rulings to end their ban on same-sex marriage. Four gay and lesbian couples are filing suit against Oregon this week, and according to NPR, there won’t be a defense. The state attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum (D), has chosen not to defend the ban. In the case of Oregon, it is possible that a stand in defense from the National Organization for Marriage will be allowed, but at least in the case of Wednesday’s trial, it will go undefended.
Oregon is not the only state facing a suit over its same-sex marriage ban; Georgia will go to court with a gay rights group against the marriage ban, having filed the lawsuit on Tuesday. Georgia’s attorney general, unlike Oregon’s, will be defending the ban, according to ABC. The response reflects differing, often partisan-related, views on the role the attorney general need take. However, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told state counterparts that he considers the refusal acceptable back in February — an unusual interjection into state affairs for him.
“If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953,” he said to The New York Times. “I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities.“