Randy Shaw: Activists are in far better spirits than one year ago. Progressives see that the public is on their side, and, unlike in the aftermath of the 2008 elections, are staying engaged in the major policy struggles that elections are supposed to be all about.
Carl Matthes: If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the Prop 8 case, legal same-sex marriage will return to California
Irene Monroe: Americans’ acceptance of marriage equality showed its approval, of all places, at the ballot box. Both Maryland and Maine are the first states in which voters decided to legalize same-sex marriage.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Viewed by some as a lily-white organization, many people of color felt that GLAD replicated much of the same race and class divisions present in our federal judicial system.
Rev. Irene Monroe: The alliance, albeit not an uncontentious union, will allow proponents for in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and/or same-sex marriage to pull support from each other’s base at the ballot box.
Matthew Fleischer: Although it is not widely seen as a “gay issue,” Prop. 32’s passage could have far-reaching consequences for California’s gays and lesbians.
Karen Finney: The ability to connect cold data points to reality gives Biden a real advantage on Thursday night, not the number of times he’s previously debated.
Randy Shaw: Obama implemented his “most ambitious immigration initiative” in response to both growing Latino political power and the courageous and inspiring grassroots pressure from young DREAM ACTivists.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Both Obama and Biden have now come out in support of marriage equality; in the last presidential election it would have been political suicide to support it. This November, it may be a risk not to.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Rev. Fred Luter’s ascendency to the highest office of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination (and the world’s largest Baptist denomination) raises the query—is his post a symbol of honorific tokenism?
Dick Price: Obama showed conviction with his stances on marriage equality and justice for DREAMers — and that has paid off. We can only pray for more of the same
Carl Matthes: Obama kicked public awareness/acceptance of marriage equality into high gear. The covers of the nation’s major magazines competed for which could best portray Obama’s historic announcement.
Rev. Irene Monroe: For African-American ministers, the liability of Obama losing his 2012 re-election bid is far greater than being publicly outed for not being in lockstep with their homophobic brethren.