Democrats are nearly twice as likely as Republicans to support legal recognition of gay marriages
-- less than half of the GOP favors legal gay marriage
Ireland followed several Western European countries including Britain, France and Spain in allowing gay marriage
, which is also legal in South Africa, Brazil and Canada.
Ultimately, would legalisation of gay marriage
represent radical social change?
The gay marriage
movement is precisely a rejection of casual and plural relations.
A spokesman for the Spanish Bishops Conference claimed some months ago that allowing gay marriages
would be like releasing a virus into Spanish society.
Polls have found mixed reactions to gay marriage
among people of color.
The Traditional Values Coalition, a Beltway lobby group, began sending out 1.5 million mailings a month asking voters to push for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
. Focus on the Family, with its vast Christian media empire based in Colorado Springs, launched a media campaign and its president, Dobson, took a leave from his paid post (he remains as chairman) to free himself from not-for-profit constraints and fight gay marriage
"on the political level." Randall Terry, the militant anti-choicer, sent out a national letter to Christian activists to rally them against "homosexual perversion." The man who once urged his Operation Rescue troops to throw themselves in the path of women seeking abortions was now saying the Lawrence decision "put our Republic in great danger....
opponents: Stop telling people to believe what your religion says about marriage.
In 1995, not even nine years ago, my father advised me to stop writing about gay marriage
. Whatever its merits, he said, the idea was so farfetched, so out there, that I would look foolish harping on it.
The amendment won early approval, but must still survive additional votes and anticipated opposition by gay marriage
The marriage initiative serves as a convenient--if oblique--proxy for the volatile issue of gay marriage
, but there is nothing new about the reform.
Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe, New Mexico has written that homosexuals "deserve our respect, compassion, and defense against bigotry, attacks, and abuse." But he also supports the church's stance against same-gender sexual relations, including gay marriage
. "Marriage exists for the mutual love and support of the spouses and for the procreation and education of children." Sheehan wrote.