Most Americans may oppose gay marriage
, but support for an amendment hovers at a politically risky 50 percent.
Many also see civil unions as a way station en route to gay marriage
California's Supreme Court ordered an immediate halt to same-sex weddings in San Francisco, as Massachusetts politicians gave preliminary approval to an amendment to ban gay marriages
in the only state where they have been ruled legal.
And on the question of whether gay marriages
should be afforded the same rights as traditional marriages, young people--often the progenitors of social trends--are more inclined to say yes than are their elders.
WE now have Nick Clegg insisting the Coalition is strong and that it must stick to the current austerity programme, but of all the problems caused by this Government that need to be discussed, they spend two days debating gay marriage
The argument for gay marriage
is almost always made in the name of history--not the history we have lived but the history we are yet to live.
Chris Gregoire signed a bill in February, passed by legislators, making gay marriage
legal, but a voter initiative put the issue before the voters.
Obama has become the first occupant of the White House to publicly back gay marriage
Silver questioned the conventional wisdom that court decisions overturning gay marriage
bans ultimately hurt the cause by triggering a popular backlash.
If we take the [New York] state senate, we'll have gay marriage
," says Byrne.
Once gay marriage
is legalized, Canada will be able to "consider whether the legal privileges and burdens now assigned to marriage and other conjugal relationships can be justified.