Excellent news from the East coast: the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to get married.
I had no idea this was even in progress. I'm delighted.
I haven't read the full 85-page decision (PDF) and probably won't get a chance to do so anytime soon, but figured I might as well link to it.
The governor of CT says she disagrees with the ruling but won't fight it.
There's going to be a ballot initiative on the Connecticut ballot next month about whether the state should have a constitutional convention (a question that goes on the ballot only every 20 years). It sounds like if that measure passes (see last couple of paragraphs there), then the Legislature would have to pass an amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, and then the voters would need to approve it two years from now. (But it's also possible that a convention would result in CT citizens getting the ability to change the constitution via ballot initiative, which might change the game somewhat.) At any rate, it sounds like it would be very hard to stop same-sex marriage in CT at this point, and I'm hoping that even if the first steps happen, the two-year period of same-sex marriage being normal will mean voters won't approve such an amendment.
So all that is great news.
Here on the West coast, things aren't looking so rosy. The latest polls on Prop. 8 show the supporters of the measure to outlaw same-sex marriage running about four points ahead of us opponents. Which is, the pollsters hasten to note, a statistical tie, so don't panic. (Also, those polls show about 10% of respondents still undecided.) But it's a disappointing drop in polling numbers from the Field poll a few weeks back. The difference is most likely due to the yes-on-8 people coming out with a couple of provocative and misleading TV ads. OH NOES--TEH QWEERS R STEELIN UR RELIGIOUS FREDOM! Feh.
I have two or three entries about Prop 8 to post, but I haven't finished any of them, and time is short. So I'll just say this for now: if you can afford it, and if this is an issue you care about, go donate some money to No On Prop 8. (Click the big DONATE NOW button at the upper right of that page.)
And you don't have to be a Californian to donate. Something like a quarter of the funding on both sides has come from out of state.
I think you have to be a US citizen to donate, though--the donation page says "foreign nationals are prohibited from making contributions to this campaign." Don't know if there are relevant organizations that non-citizens can donate to.
Oh, and if you are a Californian, please vote on Nov. 4.
I just came up with a slogan, though I suppose it may be more confusing than helpful:
Save marriage--for everyone. Vote no on Prop 8.