My sense is this couldn’t come at a better time for gay marriage opponents. Whenever a state court acts against the will of the people who, in this case, through their elected representatives, had actually already passed landmark civil unions legislation, it increases popular support for initiatives banning gay marriage as are now on the ballot in California, Arizona and Florida.
In 2004, the year after Massachusetts’ Goodridge decision mandating gay marriage in the Bay State, such propositions appeared on thirteen state ballots (eleven in November, two earlier in the year). They all passed by comfortable margins, even in such “blue” states as Michigan and Oregon.
Two years later, however, after the highest courts in Washington and New York State respectively failed to mandate gay marriage, leaving such matters to state legislatures, initiatives and referenda on various state ballots saw much smaller margins of victory, with the draconian proposal in the Grand Canyon State defeated.
The Connecticut decision may well have sealed the deal for Proposition 8 in California and not the way those who cheer the decision today would like.
UPDATE: The Connecticut Supreme Court just created a great fundraising appeal for “Yes on 8” and reminded voters of the CA court decision.
UP-UPDATE:Â To show you just how clueless are the folks running the campaign against Proposition 8, Geoff Kors, NO on Prop 8 Executive Committee Member, just released a statement:
Today, another state recognized that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry . . . . This is another indication that more and more Americans are recognizing the fundamental right of loving couples to marry.
Sorry, Geoff, it’s not. It’s not an indication that Americans support same-sex marriage, but that another court does.
Aren’t you familiar with the backlash against such decisions? Or how this decision will galvanize supporters of Proposition 8 and increase their fundraising?