Magazine August 1, 2011, Issue

Gay Old Party?

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How New York Republicans caved, and where the marriage campaigns go next

It started out as a spectacular year for proponents of what many now call “traditional marriage.”

Earlier this spring, gay-marriage bills went down to unexpected defeat in Rhode Island and Maryland, two of the bluest states in the nation, in both of which Democrats or independents controlled the house, the senate, and the governorship. The purply state of Minnesota passed an amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman that will go to a vote of the people in 2012, as did the Indiana legislature (which must pass it again before it goes to the ballot box).

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