NY Times on Amendment Battles Nationwide

Today's New York Times reports on the eight states facing constitutional bans at the ballot box this November. The above-the-fold, front page headline reads, "Gay Marriage Losing Punch as Ballot Issue."

Not far below is a revealing quote from Julaine Appling. She says, "The opponents of these measures have had a lot more time to organize and fund their efforts; that has made for a bit of a different complexion."

One of the two photos features Fair Wisconsin volunteer Jackie Scully talking to a voter in Madison during last Tuesday's canvass.

The article helps explain the very different dynamic this year as compared to 2004 when these amendments arguably helped fuel socially conservative turnout:
The debate over same-sex marriage was a black-or-white proposition two years ago when voters in 11 states barred gay couples from marrying.

But this year shades of gray are everywhere, as eight more states consider similar ballot measures. Some of the proposed bans are struggling in the polls, and the issue of same-sex marriage itself has largely failed to rouse conservative voters.

In some cases, other issues, like the war in Iraq and ethics in Washington, have seized voters’ attention. But the biggest change, people on both sides of the issue say, is that supporters of same-sex marriage this year are likely to be as mobilized as the opponents.

The social conservatives, who focused on marriage in 2004 and helped President Bush gain re-election in some hard-fought states in the Midwest, have been offset by equally committed and organized opposition. Slick advertising, paid staff and get-out-the-vote drives have become a two-way street.
Here's the complete article.

3 Comments:

At 2:13 AM, Blogger MadProfessah said...

Do you realize nowhere on your site do you mention what the proposition NUMBER is that you want people to vote NO on???

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Joshua Freker said...

We really wish there were a number to make it easier for everyone to identify on the ballot, but unfortunately, there is no number that accompanies it. Within the next two weeks, we will be doing an email campaign about the actual ballot to help educate people what it will look like.

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger Communitygal said...

The NYT coverage is great. Over the weekend, my dad, who lives in the southern part of the US, read the article. Dad is a hard core fiscal conservative--he believes in a free market and government out of all of our lives. He hates the Democratic Party with a passion. By Sunday night, he was calling to tell me about a great book he was reading that would help us win these marriage debates and defeat the social conservatives in upcoming elections. Suddenly, his passions were with us!

 

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