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ATLANTA (RNS) Seventy-six percent of Georgia voters in 2004 ratified a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages, but a recent poll found that 48 percent of the state's residents now favor gay marriage.


  1. This is the tactics of the marriage equality opponents being turned on them with a vengeance. Judicial jujitsu. Turning the energy of the attack of an opponent against them.

    Had Georgia not bothered with the ban, it is unlikely gay marriage would be accepted through legislative means. The marriage equality opponents felt the need for underhanded legislative means through constitutional amendment. Doing so they thought it would foreclose any future vote allowing gay marriage since overturning an amendment needs more than a majority vote. So even if the popular attitudes went against them, they thought they would get their way.

    The impatience and maliciousness of the anti-gay political crowd is working against them. In the end, they have provided the means to destroy their efforts through judicial action. The amendment is going to be crushed by the Federal Court. Marriage equality opponents lack rational, secular and sane legal arguments.

  2. We all know these Hate Votes intended to deprive LGBT Americans of the same right to legal marriage everyone else takes for granted were first cooked up by Karl Rove as a GOP Dirty TrickĀ® to get his boss, Bush, elected and re-elected. We know Bush then told the IRS to ignore the churches that violated their IRS 503c3 regulations by cheating on these Hate Votes.

    In the most notorious anti-gay Hate Vote of all, the 2008 California H8te Vote that actually took away the established right LGBT Californians had to legal marriage, we saw that anti-gays committed criminal acts to throw the vote. The federal judge who revoked the H8te Vote had in his possession an email written by Catholic bishops to Mormon leaders in which they both agreed to violate California campaign finance laws to throw the H8te Vote by making secret, illegal cash and in-kind contributions to the H8te Vote. The email serves as proof positive they knew they were breaking the law; the email itself is an act of criminal collusion. We know the Mormons made the Hate Videos shown on TV, but they refused to report these in-kind contributions as required by law. We know Mormons were told by their leaders to make large, secret contributions to the H8te Vote under pain of excommunication, and we know Mormons sent their church members from out of state. Mormon leaders were required by California law to report these contributions, but they refused. We know Mormons operated secret, illegal call centers in Idaho and Utah from which they made deceptive calls, because a million Californians reported these deceptive calls where anti-gays claimed a “yes” vote would support marriage equality.

    Even with criminal activity never seen before in California at this level, anti-gays were only able to get their H8te Vote to barely squeak by by 2%. And, of course, the H8te Vote has been revoked, the US Supreme Court upheld that revocation, and marriage equality has been restored in California.

    Authorities in Washington State caught Mormons supplying the same Hate Videos but again refusing to report their in-kind contribution as required by law. Maine authorities caught the anti-gay Hate Cult NOM red-handed in 2009. NOM’s appeal of their conviction was rejected by the US Supreme Court, but NOM is STILL in violation of Maine campaign finance and disclosure laws by refusing to state who gave them the millions of dollars they spent in Maine. Many Americans believe it came from Mormon leaders, and NOM is committing criminal acts to hide that fact.

    What if there was an anti-gay Hate Vote, and anti-gays DID NOT tell lies, demonize LGBT Americans, and commit criminal acts to throw these votes? Voters in FOUR US States turned down anti-gay Hate Votes in November 2012.

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