A warning for those who were horrified when Californians voted to overturn same-sex marriage laws last year — get ready to be horrified again.
It looks like same-sex marriage in Maine, legalised in May, will be overturned through a ballot initiative during elections in November. There is a massive effort underway to sway public opinion, but the numbers seem insurmountable, and unfortunately haters tend to be more motivated voters than our heterosexual allies.
It’s an unsettling reminder that democracy in its lowest form is just the dictatorship of 51 percent.
However, it’s not all storm clouds and rain — New York state is still set to pass a marriage equality bill before year’s end.
And in the District of Columbia, home to the US capital, where out-of-state same-sex marriages are already recognised, politicians on the local council have announced they have the numbers to legalise same-sex marriage proper and should be moving on this in the near future.
As the US Federal Government has a veto over laws passed by the District of Columbia this sets local authorities on a collision course with the Obama Administration, which is still to remove the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that bars legally married gays and lesbians from receiving any of the federal benefits of marriage available to heterosexuals.
Both Bill Clinton, the Democratic president who signed DOMA into law, and its author, retired Congressman Bob Barr, now oppose it. But even though President Obama has urged Congress to end DOMA, lawyers from his own Justice Department have continued to defend the law in court in the meantime.
However, it appears federal Democrats may finally be preparing to act. Congressman Jerrold Nadler has unveiled a Respect for Marriage Act that would not only end DOMA by allowing federal benefits to gay and lesbian couples in states that have marriage equality laws, but also provide them to gays and lesbians living in states where same-sex marriage is illegal, provided they cross the border and marry in a state where it is legal and then go home.
This would mean every couple in the United States that wished to be seen as married could be seen as such by at least one level of government — and the highest level at that.
Ramping up the pressure on Washington, will be the October 11 National Equality March, with hundreds of thousands expected to descend on the capital. US gay cable network Logo will even stop broadcasts for four hours during the march to encourage gay couch potatoes into the streets.

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