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Same-Sex Marriage and Politics in 2012

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
& POLITICS IN 2012
With a major election approaching in November 2012, same-sex marriage is front and center in the national political spotlight.
Learn more about the opposing perspectives on same-sex marriage, from political leaders to the average American voter.


POLITICAL LEADERS
With their positions at stake in the upcoming elections, many politicians have been pressed to offer their views on same-sex marriage:

SUPPORTIVE
SOMEWHAT SUPPORTIVE
NOT SUPPORTIVE

BARACK OBAMA
PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.
What I believe is that
marriage is between a man
and a woman. (2004)

I think same-sex couples
should be able to get married.
(2012)



MITT ROMNEY
2012 REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE

My position is the same on
gay marriage as it’s been well,
from the beginning, and that
is that marriage is a relation
between a man and a woman. (2012)

JOE BIDEN
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.
I am absolutely comfortable
with the fact that men marrying
men, women marrying women,
and heterosexual men and
women marrying another are
entitled to the same exact
rights, all the civil rights, all
civil liberties. (2012)

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY

President Obama’s support of marriage
equality is a major turning point in
American civil rights. No president has
ever supported a major expansion of
civil rights that has not ultimately been
adopted by the people — and I have no
doubt that this will be no exception. (2012)

RON PAUL CONGRESSMAN

I think that marriages should
be between a single man and
a single woman. (2004)

I think marriage should be
done by the church or private
contract, and we shouldn’t have
this argument. . .who’s married
and who isn’t married. I have
my standards but I shouldn’t
have to impose my standards
on others. (2011)


RELIGIOUS FIGURES
Prominent religious leaders and activists have spoken out on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate:

REV. JESSE JACKSON
BAPTIST MINISTER. ACTIVIST
LGBT people deserve equal
rights—including marriage
equality. Discrimination
against one group of people
is discrimination against
all of us. (2012),


REV. BILLY GRAHAM
SOUTHERN BAPTIST MINISTER

The Bible is clear—God's
definition of marriage is
between a man and a woman
(2012)

REV. SUSAN RUSSELL
EPISCOPAL PRIEST. ACTIVIST
I believe the Episcopal Church
will continue to evolve on the
issue of marriage equality and
look forward to joining our
UCC brothers and sisters in
being a headlight instead of
taillight on marriage equality.
(2012)

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN
ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF NY

We cannot be silent in the
face of words or actions that
would undermine the institution
of marriage, the very
cornerstone of our society.
(2012)


STATE BY STATE
Seven states (MD, ME, MN, NC, NH, NJ, WA) are putting the issue of same-sex marriage on the ballot in 2012. Here are some viewpoints:

WASHINGTON

Religions can decide what
they want to do, but the state
cannot be in the business
of discrimination. (2012)
CHRISTINE GREGOIRE
GOVERNOR OF WASHINGTON STATE

Someone’s religion teaches
them to condemn homosexuality,
and yet they are in some
kind of relationship, whether
a family member or close
friend who is gay. (2012)
REV. JASMINE BEACH-FERRARA
CAMPAIGN FOR SOUTHERN EQUALITY

We believe the Minnesota
Marriage Amendment
[banning same-sex marriage],
if passed, would limit our
ability to recruit and retain
top talent. (2012)
THOMSON REUTERS
GLOBAL MEDIA COMPANY. MAJOR MN EMPLOYER

If you look at what Americans
have done, from the deepest
blue states like Maine, California
and Wisconsin to the
Bible Belt, when they’ve had
a chance to define marriage
as one-man, one woman that’s
what they’ve done.(2012)

CHRISTOPHER PLANTE
PRESERVE MARRIAGE WASHINGTON

Marriage between one man
and one woman is the only
domestic legal union that
shall be valid or recognized
in this state.

NORTH CAROLINA VOTERS
Voted to amend the state constitution
to ban same sex marriage

The Marriage Protection
Amendment does one thing—
it preserves our historic
definition of marriage as the
union of one man and one
woman, and it ensures that
voters remain in charge of
the definition of marriage in
future.
CHUCK DARRELL
MINNESOTA FOR MARRIAGE

States supporting same-sex
marriage or unions/no prohibition

States allowing domestic
partnership/civil unions and
banning same-sex marriage

States banning same-sex marriage

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