Last week, the State Legislature in New Jersey passed a bill allowing gay marriage. It passed by barely a majority, and, the Governor vetoed. There will be a public vote.
Two Republicans voted with the majority. At least one of the two said he received a call from former Vice President, Dick Cheney, urging him to vote to allow gay marriage. It is well known Cheney’s have a daughter who is lesbian and, with her partner, have a Cheney granddaughter. Other high level Republicans made calls on behalf of the bill as well.
In every state where gay marriage has been voted on, it has been defeated. It remains in effect in states that have not had such votes.
Ronald Reagan once said, “Politics is a place where the unexpected often happens.” Polls show more and more acceptance of gays and gay marriage. Yet, it loses in state-wide votes.
My thinking is gay marriage will begin to win these state votes. A couple to watch are coming up in New Jersey and Minnesota. The New Jersey situation has the elements of an upset.
The Cheney endorsement is perhaps the highest level Republican Party defection from its orthodoxy and Platform we have seen. Add to that, New Jersey’s proximity to New York City and you have something different than all the other state votes.
Every year is an exciting one in the march toward equity for gay and lesbian citizens. This one will be exciting as well.