The American Prospect recently published a remarkably optimistic article about same-sex marriage by E. J. Graff. Here's the blurb from the top of the article:
This November, anti–gay-marriage bills will be back on ballots with a vengeance. But this time around, the gay and lesbian activist network is ready to play hardball.
The article explains that there are a whole bunch of upcoming DOMAs (Defense Of Marriage Acts, explicitly banning same-sex marriage) and "SuperDOMA" initiatives (banning not only same-sex marriage, but "marriage-like" quasi-equivalents like California's domestic partner law and Vermont's civil unions). However, according to the article, "public opinion toward lesbians and gay men is warming more every day"; and perhaps as importantly, "the 'gay agenda' now has a new plan for winning over the long haul"--a fifteen-year plan involving cooperation among all the major LGBT political organizations. The plan includes several important goals:
By the year 2020 (give or take five years), the goal is for 10 states to have full-marriage equality; 10 states to have civil unions or the equivalent; 10 states to have nondiscrimination laws and be repealing (or peeling back the effects of) their anti-gay marriage amendments; and the final 20 states to show progress.
The article claims that these goals are achievable. I have no idea whether the author's optimism is warranted, but I hope so. And just reading about it makes me a lot more hopeful about this stuff than I've been in a while. Go read the article, and if it moves you to action, go out and get involved!
Here are some organizations involved in the effort; if you're interested, you might consider joining them, volunteering with them, giving them money, or even just dropping them notes of support.
- The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has been fighting for LGBT rights for over thirty years now. Unfortunately, I can't seem to connect to their website right now, but I assume that's a transient glitch.
- Equality Federation: "a network of state/territory organizations committed to working with each other and with national and local groups to strengthen [...] lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organizing."
- The Human Rights Campaign (which I'd previously been a little dubious about for various reasons) now appears to be "[helping] state groups create their own organizing plans."
- If you're a Democrat, you may be interested in the National Stonewall Democrats, who are working on "[helping] gay-friendly Democrats win in such states as [Pennsylvania,] Arizona, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin."
(Thanks to ceciliaregent for the pointer to the article.)