What We’re Reading: Marriage edition!
June 29, 2010
Maybe there’s something in the water, but we’ve been reading a whole slew of stories this week about marriage equality.
- To start, there was good news out of Iceland, where Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir married her longtime partner Jonina Leosdottir on the first day marriage was legal. Sigurdardottir is the world’s first head of state to marry a same-sex partner.
- Another recently married same-sex couple ran into problems when they returned home to Tennessee after being married in the District of Columbia. When Traci Turpin changed her driver’s license to reflect her new name, state employees realized belatedly that they didn’t “recognize same-sex marriage,” chased after her and even called in the police to get her to return the license.
- A new study claims that voters are close to immovable on marriage equality during ballot measure campaigns. Roberta Sklar considers the study’s meaning over at the Washington Blade.
- Just in case voters are moveable, the anti-equality National Organization for Marriage is kicking off its Summer for Marriage tour in Maine on July 14. Starting in Maine is an interesting choice for the group, considering its activities there during the 2009 campaign are still under investigation.
- At least NOM’s anti-equality message won’t go unchallenged. Freedom to Marry is planning a simultaneous tour of rallies to counter the messages coming from NOM.