BALTIMORE, Md. (BP)--In what is shaping up as a pivotal moment for the future of "gay marriage" in America, a dozen or so state legislatures are expected to debate the issue this year, with two or three potentially legalizing it and at least seven states moving in the opposite direction by possibly protecting the traditional definition in their constitutions.
It likely will be the busiest year since 2004, when Massachusetts' "gay marriage" law went into effect and 13 states passed marriage amendments. It is legal only in five states and the District of Columbia.
"One of the things that proponents of same-sex marriage do is promote this myth of inevitability."
-- Brian Brown
Traditionalists are eyeing victories in Indiana, Minnesota, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, all of which now have legislatures controlled by Republicans, who have generally been friendlier to conservative arguments on marriage. Each of those states could see legislation passed placing constitutional amendments on the ballot defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Elsewhere, New Hampshire's legislature might consider a bill that would reverse its "gay marriage" law, while in Iowa -- where "gay marriage" also is legal -- conservatives will continue to pressure the Democratic-controlled senate to take up a marriage amendment that already passed the GOP house there.
Other states, though, are going in the opposite direction.
Homosexual groups are hoping for gains and are pushing for passage of a civil unions bill in Hawaii -- it likely is headed to the governor soon -- and "gay marriage" bills in Maryland, Rhode Island and New York.... Read More