Ben Buchwalter


Pandering to Marriage Equality
May 7, 2009, 1:56 pm
Filed under: 2010 and 2012, Civil Rights | Tags: ,

I just heard an interesting point about gay marriage on MSNBC. The guest (I didn’t catch his name) said that gay marriage will quickly become more and more popular in the next few years. We’ve already seen this in recent developments in Maine and New Hampshire. It could even become so popular that presidential candidates will be pressured to support it to win the 2012 election.

Iowa is a great example of this. The state’s Supreme Court ruled on April 3 that refusing to allow gay marriage amounted to discrimination against same-sex couples. And as one of the very early primary states, Iowa carries a lot of weight in determining which candidates will reach the general election.

So if Iowans become as proud of their marriage equality as they are of their farms, then we could see lawmakers falling all over themselves to pander to gay marriage supporters.

For extra credit, check out TPM’s slideshow showing the march toward marriage equality in 14 states.

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