How gay marriage finally won at the polls

  • Article by: Nathaniel Frank , Slate
  • Updated: November 7, 2012 - 9:25 PM

The gay rights movement succeeded using one of the most sophisticated issue campaign operations ever deployed.

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startymoolijNov. 7, 12 9:28 PM

Many more people are discriminated against by not legalizing weed

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erikj3Nov. 7, 12 9:46 PM

The anti-gay marriage crowd failed to realize that as the older bigots die off, support for their cause becomes smaller and smaller. There is simply NO reason, NONE, to deny gay people equal right to marry the person of their choice. Also, too, President Obama's leadership in this area (repealing Don't Ask Don't tell, not defending DOMA any more, and coming out in favor of gay marriage) was pivotal. I predict that in 4 years gay marriage will be legal in most, if not all, of the United States.

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jim2011beamNov. 7, 12 9:55 PM

So now you know how you were "managed" in this election.

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jasperu2Nov. 7, 1210:04 PM

erikj3: As a gay man who has been with the same partner for over ten years I understand your frustration with those who oppose our right to marry, but your in their face challenge to their beliefs and branding them bigots does nothing to advance our cause

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luxaeternaNov. 7, 1210:42 PM

As a lifelong Catholic, I join with Fr. Tegeder in asking that Archbishop Nienstedt consider stepping aside as the leader of the archdiocese because of the enormous division he has inflicted up the archdiocese, the extravagant waste of valuable resources he authorized, and the rejection of the amendment by so many Catholics -- perhaps the majority of us -- voting our consciences. As long as Nienstedt remains here, he will be a focal point of disunity and distrust. He cannot successfully lead the diocese any longer. It's time for a new leader to take over who better understands and is more in tune with Minnesotans.

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gimbelNov. 7, 1211:41 PM

I understand your frustration with those who oppose our right to marry, but your in their face challenge to their beliefs and branding them bigots does nothing to advance our cause

I beg to disagree. We tell the truth here and the truth is that denying a civil right to one class of people is bigotry. I am sick of tolerating the intolerant and I, for one, refuse to do it any more.

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getacluemanNov. 8, 1212:18 AM

jasper says: "I understand your frustration with those who oppose our right to marry, but your in their face challenge to their beliefs and branding them bigots does nothing to advance our cause." gimbel replies: "I beg to disagree. We tell the truth here and the truth is that denying a civil right to one class of people is bigotry. I am sick of tolerating the intolerant and I, for one, refuse to do it any more." Sorry gimbel, I agree with jasper. I'm in favor of gay marriage, but I've read enough of your posts over a long time to know that your idea of an intolerant person is anyone who does not agree with you completely. Any reasonable person can see that you lean extemely far left and you belittle any person or comment made by those who don't share your extremism. As jasperu2 pointed out, that doesn't always help your cause. It just makes you look extremely intolerant.

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davehougNov. 8, 1212:50 AM

We tell the truth here and the truth is that denying a civil right to one class of people is bigotry.- - - - So if limiting marriage by gender is discrimination, what is the response to those who say limiting the number of spouses is also discriminating?? Does somebody who wants multiple spouses have a 'civil right'?????? - - - sincerely curious davehoug@comcast.net

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boozleNov. 8, 12 1:19 AM

Two things to capitalize on from this election. 1.Its time to make Gay marriage LEGAL in Minnesota and it should be pursued aggressively. 2. It's also time to take away the tax-exempt status of the Catholic church since they have entered the political arena and fund state constitutional amendments.

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getcrazyNov. 8, 12 2:13 AM

I didn't vote for love. I voted for freedom. When freedom is absent you don't get to choose who you love. Obviously.

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