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2012: The Year of Marriage

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

We kicked off 2012 with historic marriage milestones in Washington State and Maryland. Attempts to repeal the popular marriage equality law in New Hampshire failed. And more Americans than ever before – 54 percent – support marriage equality.

In the final months of the year, we’ll face some of the biggest turning points yet in the fight to secure marriage equality. Check out our new infographic charting these critical next few months (click to enlarge):

Marriage Momentum Infographic

The Supreme Court will decide whether to take up key marriage equality cases – including Perry v. Brown, the challenge to Prop 8 in California; and Gill v. OPM, the Massachusetts case challenging the federal government’s inability to recognize married same-sex couples because of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA.)

In the states, voters in Washington and Maryland will head to the polls to affirm marriage equality legislation passed by their state legislatures. In Maine, we are looking at the first chance to proactively pass marriage at the ballot. And in Minnesota, voters can vote no on a proposed constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. Heading into 2013, we’re also looking at possible marriage equality bills in states like Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

Of course, the presidential election also will be a turning point in the fight for marriage. President Obama supports full marriage equality – and is the first president to do so while in office. He’s also directed the Justice Department to stop defending DOMA. Mitt Romney presents an alarming contrast – he doesn’t support relationship recognition for same-sex couples (even George W. Bush supported civil unions), he’s vowed to defend DOMA, and he’s even pledged to support a constitutional amendment banning committed, loving same-sex couples from marrying.

Momentum is on our side – a majority of Americans, including an increasing number of conservatives, support marriage equality. Help spread the word and share this chart with your friends and family.

Learn more about marriage laws across the country at HRC’s Marriage Center.

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