Since I first met Evan Wolfson, now of Freedom (sic) to Marry at the 1995 Log Cabin Convention in Cincinnati, I have faulted him for pursuing marriage through the courts. As I have expressed repeatedly on this blog, I believe the proper venue to push for this change is through elected legislatures.
As we have seen in the wake of the Goodridge ruling in Massachusetts mandating same-sex marriage in the Bay State, such court decisions prompt a backlash, with a raft of social conservative citizens’ groups pushing successfully for referenda and initiatives amending state constitutions to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
But, when state Supreme Courts fail to mandate same-sex marriage, holding that is the province of the legislature, the impetus for such ballot propositions diminish and those already on the ballot generate less support. In some cases, such judicial defeats lead to legislative action.
Today, I received an e-mail from Evan’s group with this statement:
Four LGBT legal organizations and five other leading national LGBT groups have issued a statement entitled â€œMake Change, Not Lawsuits.â€ The statement explains that while couples who go to California to marry should ask friends, neighbors and institutions to honor their marriages, they generally shouldn’t sue. The statement says that ill-timed lawsuits are likely to set the fight for marriage back, and that there are other ways to fight which are more likely to win.
(Emphasis added). Ill-timed lawsuits likely to set the fight back. Nice to see they finally get it.
I believe the recent California Supreme Court ruling will make it easier for the ballot proposition amending the state constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman to pass. It’s too bad Wolfson and his cohorts didn’t consider that before supporting the lawsuit which lead to that unfortunate decision.