October 26, 2006

New Jersey Court Decision Reignites Same-Sex Marriage/Civil Unions Debate

Amendment 43 and Referendum I have so far remained relatively under the radar in contrast to the attention that the same-sex marriage/civil unions issue received in 2004.

Not anymore, especially here in Colorado. Stop the ACLU has a comprehensive roundup, as does Hot Air, with analysis.

Regardless of one's position on this issue, this new surge in interest may have an effect in reawakening some conservatives who might have elected to sit this election out or even vote for the Democratic candidates. Though it might not motivate the conservative/independent base as it did in 2004, a few votes on the margins may be picked up--and could also motivate Dems and proponents of civil unions/domestic partnerships to fight even harder for Ref I and against Amendment 43.

In other words, the turnout for this midterm will get a lot higher.

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