Texas? Texas? Texas? TEXAS? Why you gotta go and surprise us all like that?
Granted it was a judge and not the people of Texas, or their wack-a-doo governor, but still, this is big.
And I, for one, did not see that coming.
Good news for the South …
Freedom to Marry, the national pro-gay marriage organization based in New York, has announced a new $1 million television ad campaign, dubbed Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, which will highlight prominent politicians and community leaders who back same-sex marriage.
Now, in all fairness, the ad campaign isn’t trying to win legislative support for same-sex marriage since every single state in the South has passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage, and the GOP dominates in almost all Southern state legislatures. Instead, the campaign will push for public support for same-sex marriage.
Currently there are about two dozen lawsuits challenging bans on same-sex marriage pending before state and federal courts in Southern states, and Freedom to Marry hopes that building public support for same-sex marriage can influence those judges’ decisions. Just lately, in fact, judges in Oklahoma, Kentucky Virginia have struck down those state bans on same-sex marriage, though those rulings are stayed until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in.
But maybe, with a little grass roots push, we can get support building down here for full equality.
That’s sounds mighty nice, y’all.