Being Gay for Gay Marriage is the Latest State Government Fad

With Maryland’s state senate voting to approve legislation that would legalize gay marriage, it would appear that being gay for gay marriage is the hottest trend in state government. The Governor, Martin O’ Malley, promised to sign the bill into law, but it still awaits House approval and a battle from reactionary morons:

As part of the conditions agreed to in order to get the bill passed through the House, opponents of the new law will be given an opportunity to put the issue on the ballot in November, raising the possibility of a major public fight this summer and fall. The law will also not go into effect until all legal challenges have been exhausted, which could be a matter of years.

It would also seem that opponents are going to attempt to draft President Obama for their cause; he has stated in the past that he opposes gay marriage but his administration has not come to the aid of DOMA, which was recently declared unconstitutional.

Regardless of what happens, it would seem that various state legislatures are sending a message to America, and that message is this: it’s time to get gay for gay marriage!

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Governor Chris Christie is Not Totally Gay for Gay Marriage

Sandwiches, on the other hand, he is over the assless-chapped, lubed-and-poppered moon for. But who isn’t, really? Sandwiches are awesome.

Gay marriage, on the other hand, is a tougher sell. But the governor’s veto is not without some small recourse:

The governor’s veto was conditional, asking the State Legislature to amend the bill, so that rather than legalizing same-sex marriages, it would establish an overseer to handle complaints that the state’s five-year-old civil union law does not provide gay and lesbian couples the same protections that marriage would.

Mr. Christie also affirmed his call for the Legislature to put a referendum on same-sex marriage on the ballot in November.

“An issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment, should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide,” the governor said in a statement.

I agree that the voters should decide the matter, especially since the voters of New Jersey are likely to vote to legalize gay marriage. The problem occurs if they don’t; naturally, you can’t have the majority inflicting their spurious and harmful will upon the minority. But thankfully, because of the Ninth Circuit, it’s possible that even if the voters idiotically decide to vote nay, the courts will decide to uphold the Constitution that the people don’t seem to give a fuck about.

Christie’s conditions also include the establishment of a state official who will review cases of discrimination to ensure that the state’s civil unions enjoy the same rights and benefits as the state’s marriages. This, however, did not placate the governor’s critics:

“Frankly, I don’t think Chris Christie has an anti-gay bone in his body,” said Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality, a gay rights group. But he called the veto “a brutally anti-gay act, pure and simple.” He added that the governor’s ombudsman suggestion was “the equivalent of gold-plating a separate water fountain for a specific class of people.”

And while a veto will prove difficult, it remains in the realm of possibility. Let’s just hope that the voters of New Jersey prove to be DTF regarding gay marriage. Now where did I put my Ron-Ron Juice?

Washington State is Now Officially Gay for Gay Marriage

Grab your chaps or your favorite book of feminist poetry and start celebrating, because Washington is now officially gay for gay marriage:

Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

Gregoire signed the bill surrounded by gay rights supporters. “I’m proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal,” she said.

And although the legislation does not take effect until June 7th, today is no doubt a jubilant one for many same-sex couples in Washington, which is now the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage, and will now be the seventh state where pious assholes focus their attentions:

Opponents said they would file a ballot challenge after Gregoire signed the measure that would require voters in November to either uphold or overturn the law. If the referendum gets enough signatures the law is put on hold pending the outcome of a November vote.

It’s impossible to predict whether the voters in Washington will choose to deny people their legitimate civil rights, but for this moment at least supporters of gay marriage have a notch in the win column.

In other news, all lube in the Seattle Metro area is 50% off today! Go to town!

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is Also Totally Gay for Gay Marriage

Today, in a ruling that will likely prompt the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down California’s ban of gay marriage as unconstitutional. Judge Reinhold– I mean Reinhardt– wrote in his decision the following sensible words:

“Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they believe to be desirable, it requires that there be at least a legitimate reason for the passage of a law that treats different people differently,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the decision. “There was no such reason that Proposition 8 could have been enacted.”

“All that Proposition 8 accomplished was to take away from same sex-couples the right to be granted marriage licenses and thus legally to use the designation ‘marriage,” the judge wrote, adding: “Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gay men and lesbians in California.”

In 2008, after unsuccessfully petitioning the California Supreme Court to ban gay marriage, the dark masters of all that is annoying and spiteful in America succeeded in adding Proposition 8 to the ballot; after a lengthy barrage of stupid commercials and bad rhetoric, the measure passed and the California Constitution was amended to deny same-sex couples a pretty basic civil right.

Clearly this decision is a step in the right direction, but some activists fear that the current Supreme Court will Bork the shit out of this Ninth Circuit decision, given the Supreme Court’s dastardly conservative activist wing. They are probably right; however, it’s always possible the Court will decide not to hear the case. Whatever happens, we can hope that reason triumphs.

Oh, wait…this is America. Nevermind.

Washington State is Totally Gay for Gay Marriage

That’s right, folks, the Washington State Senate just passed a billed that would allow gay couples to get married in the state of Washington! So don your finest flannel (or assless chaps), put on some dancing shoes, and buy a garish corsage!

The bill is now in the Washington Hizzouse, and Governor Gregoire, a Democrat, and therefore a reasonable individual when it comes to civil rights, is urging its passage. The bill, which includes the completely sensible provision that private religious organizations would not be forced to perform these ceremonies, will make Washington the seventh state to legalize gay marriage (New York, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut–as well as D.C.–all allow gay marriage). The provision will also provide actual text to support rebuttals when Republicans inevitably start bleating about how soon everyone will be forced into a gay marriage at gunpoint.

Personally, while this is great news, I’m waiting for Washington to sound its stance on the next progressive cause: gay polygamy.

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