This blog will be a compilation of some of the best places to find information about gay marriage coverage in the 2012 presidential election process, annotated by me, Kristen Case.

 

Why Obama Shouldn’t Defend Gay Marriage (For Now)

Michael Tomasky wrote this article for The Daily Beast about why Obama should not be a champion for marriage equality, at least for now. It’s a really well-written article, and he makes a lot of good points in it.

The end of it may be my favorite though:

And by Jan. 19, 2017, his last night in the White House, 65 percent of Americans will support the right, the usual 35 percent will be left wondering what happened to “their” country, and those new generations of Americans will still have seen, and still pretty dramatically, that a Democratic president took a risk and did the morally right thing. Which I’m all for. I’m just for winning first.

Romney making diverging statements on gay marriage

It has been suggested that Mitt Romney has been making diverging statements on gay marriage because of his religious views. Apparently, Romney’s views on things are right in line with the Mormon views, and since Mormon’s are only opposed to actual marriage for gay couples, not civil unions for gay couples, this could be an explanation for why he seems to be making opposing statements on the issue.

Obama’s policy on marriage equality still “evolving”

Whatever that means.

Apparently, things don’t resolve themselves in a week. Obama is still struggling with the idea of adding gay marriage as plank of his presidential platform in this upcoming election.

Other interesting tidbits…

While Obama isn’t 100% for marriage equality being part of his platform this year, he seems to support the idea of marriage equality.

Marriage equality plank of Democratic platform?

The chairman of the 2012 Democratic National Convention said that he believes that gay marriage should be part of the Democratic platform this year.

Obama, however, doesn’t agree 100%. It should be very interesting to see how that works out.


Supporters applaud Monday as Gov. Chris Gregoire lifts her hands after signing legislation to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.

Supporters applaud Monday as Gov. Chris Gregoire lifts her hands after signing legislation to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.

Obama to not focus on social issues in presidential campaign

This article on The Huffington Post website discusses the fact that the Democratic party does not think that there should be a focus on social issues in the upcoming presidential election. They think that there should be a focus on economical issues, but are happy that the Republican party has caused damage by focusing on things like contraception and the role of religion in government.

Legalized in Maryland!

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley signed the bill legalizing gay marriage in Maryland, making it one of eight states to legalize it. The law won’t take effect until January 2013, most likely, giving the public a chance to contest it, but it’s a step towards marriage equality across the United States.

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In the Maryland House of Delegates Republican Wade Kach got seated next to gay couples who came to plead their case for same sex marriages. Although in the past Kach’s views of marriage was it was between a man and a woman, he had this to say,
“I saw with so many of the gay couples, they were so devoted to another.  I saw so much love,” he said. “When this hearing was over, I was a  changed person in regard to this issue. I felt that I understood what  same sex couples were looking for.”
If more people can realize this and actually take the time to understand gay couples then the world would be a better place.

topredditdaily:

In the Maryland House of Delegates Republican Wade Kach got seated next to gay couples who came to plead their case for same sex marriages. Although in the past Kach’s views of marriage was it was between a man and a woman, he had this to say,

“I saw with so many of the gay couples, they were so devoted to another. I saw so much love,” he said. “When this hearing was over, I was a changed person in regard to this issue. I felt that I understood what same sex couples were looking for.”

If more people can realize this and actually take the time to understand gay couples then the world would be a better place.

Sources of Data

The Daily Beast - This article is a good starting point, hopefully this news outlet will continue to have good information about gay marriage in this presidential election and the affect the election will have on the future of gay marriage.

Human Rights Campaign - Americans for Marriage Equality is a subpage on this website and it follows the people that are joining the campaign for marriage equality. It also has links to different campaign in different states for the same thing and will probably be useful as to which states are allowing gay marriage, and which are not.

States That Allow Gay Marriage - While not about any kind of election coverage, this infographic is a useful tool to see what each state’s policy is on gay marriage. The map is well done and each state can be clicked to see the exact marriage law in that state.

The Huffington Post Gay Marriage - The Huffington Post has a whole section of their news page dedicated to following gay marriage and staying up-to-date on the latests news about it.

2012 Republican Candidates - This shows the views of the different Republican candidates and seems to be updated fairly frequently.

Inside Vandy -  Vanderbilt’s student news source, updated regularly - has some very strong writing.

US Election News - Coverage of election news, talks about the issues that are ongoing in elections, has a RSS feed that can be followed.

The Huffington Post Politics - The Huffington Post has a whole section of their news page dedicated to following politics and staying up-to-date on the latests news about the elections, specifically this article.

New York Times Topics - This is almost a curation site in itself, it’s a collection of headlines and articles about gay marriage.

Marriage Equality USA - This site has a lot of good information and graphics about the views of candidates on gay rights.

Gay Marriage and Election Coverage

My topic for this curation project is going to be about gay marriage being covered in conjunction with the 2012 presidential election, and will also track the states that have gay marriage up for vote. It will mostly follow the Republican side of things because Obama has not really begun campaigning yet. Currently, the states that have legalized gay marriage are Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Iowa and Washington, and Washington D.C. also allows it. There are some states that allow civil unions and some that are in the process of legalizing gay marriage, such as Maryland.