Those who are against same sex marriage like to point out that either all states or 31 states have voted to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman. A few of the more cantankerous anti-gay activits like to add onto this “what part of ‘no’ don’t they understand.” That would be 2006 no vote against the constitutional ammendment to ban gay marriage; Arizona’s Proposition 107.
Propsition 107 was the ballot measure in Arizona to define marriage as the union of a man and woman only. It lost at the polls, 51.8% to 48.2% (interestingly, this is almost the same percentage where California’s Propositon 8 passed); however, we never hear about this from anti-gay marriage advoactes. They seem to have forgotten this defeat when they talk about the majority opinion.
We all know that in 2008 the a marrige ban amendment went back to the polls; Arizona’s Proposition 102, and, unfortunately, this time passed. So, it seems that the people who may not really understand ‘no’ are the anti-gay marriage advocates. If they did then they wouldn’t have “gone back to the polls so soon” to use another of their talkings point when currently discussing Maine’s marriage initiative. Or, if you like to believe them, go back to the polls at all. The would have respected the “will of the people” from that 2006 vote.
We all now that anti-gay forces twist and tease facts and logic to suit their own purposes, so it should be no surprise that they don’t mention this loss, but the bigger takeaway is this is part of what make our country great. Votes aren’t just one and done, as the anti-gay marriage folks have so excellently proved to us via the Arizona measures. In the United States, we are able to continue our debate, to ‘evolve’ and to revisit laws, statutes and even constitutional ammendments as our we strive to form a more perfect union. Just because something has been voted on once, doesn’t mean that it can’t be voted on again as opinion changes. This is the part of ‘no’ that we as equality advocates really seem to grasp that leaves our opponents struggling with its inconvienient truth.