- Posted September 3, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The GLBT Roundup - September 3rd
A wrap of news, issues and events which may impact or affect the GLBT segment of society.
BuzzFeed.com has a nice article out about why GLBT issues will be part of the presidential campaign as the conventions close out and the race takes off in earnest between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The article outlines 6 reasons which will keep GLBT concerns at the forefront.
Here is Buzz Feed's list along with my comments on each of the reasons:
1. The Defense of Marriage Act - There are a number of federal lawsuits making their way through the system and the Supreme Court has already been asked to take up the constitutionality of the 1996 law in its new term which begins October 1.
2. California's Proposition 8 - The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a San Francisco federal court ruling that the proposition was unconstitutional, but re-instating same-gender marriage in California has been put on hold pending appeal to the Surpreme Court.
3. Ballot Measures In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota And Washington - Maryland and Washington both enacted legislation to offer legal standing to same-gender relationships, but are on hold depending on the outcome of ballot referendums. In Minnesota, there is a ballot referendum to constitutionally ban same-gender marriage. Maine is leaving it up to voters to decide on allowing same-gender marriages.
4. The Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates - With both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden coming out in favor of same-gender marriages or civil unions, this will surely be a point of contention with the Republican nominees Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, the VEEP candidate.
5. The Growing Number of Places Where Same-Sex Couples Can Marry - As more and more states allow for either same-gender marriages or civil unions, this makes the issue a continuing debate among the various states.
6. Representative Tammy Baldwin's Senate Run - The Wisconsin representative is running against Republican Tommy Thompson to be its 2nd senator. If elected, Baldwin will be the 1st openly GLBT member of the Sentate.
From the Cornfield, step-by-step, day-by-day, living life as one's self and not in a militancy of in-your-face, acceptance, tolerance and equality will one day come to all people no matter one's sexuality.