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.Here's the complete article.
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.