Wisconsin is the Battleground

Hat tip to Xoff on this one. Here's what Governing magazine's Josh Goodman has to say about the six states facing bans this November:

In these states, the marriage referendums served as classic wedge issues in that they had the effect of dividing Democrats, thereby providing a political advantage to Republicans. Specifically, since 2004 the marriage amendments have received on average 71.8% of the vote, while in those same 16 states President Bush averaged 58.3% of the vote in 2004, for an average difference of 13.5%.


In Wisconsin, the situation is even more interesting -- this fall the Badger state could end up being the biggest gay marriage battleground in recent memory.

Read the full post here.


At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anywhere we can find the wording for the Virginia amendment?


At 1:42 PM, Blogger Ingrid Ankerson said...

Sure, you can find the full text at the Vote No, Virginia website.

At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ingrid, you're awesome. Really, the best. You should have a fan club. I'd join.

Nice job so far on the debate, too. Thank you for all that you do!

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous heidi said...

I would join, too!

Yay Ingrid!

At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Keith said...

Here's what I think makes Wisconsin different.

In other states, their refferenda are "classic wedge issues in that they had the effect of dividing Democrats, thereby providing a political advantage to Republicans."

In Wisconsin, the Democrats are pretty united against the amendment. It's the Republicans who are tearing themselves apart.

FINALLY, we have right here in Wisconsin, GOP folks who are standing up and saying, "Wait a minute! How do more taxes, less security, and less freedom fit into the paryt platform?"

Unfortunately, it was the Republicans in the legislature who were almost unanimous in pushing this thing through AGAINST THEIR OWN IDEALS.

Kick the b*st*rds out in their primaries where possible, and let's get some REAL Republicans to sit in Madison, Republicans who believe in:

freedom for all people.

security for all families.

property rights.

compassion and morality.


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