THANK YOU for this information. The assaultive war of the antigay on the rights of gay people has been waged on two unfair grounds: 1. The general public receives vast amounts of misinformation about gay people. 2. The state referenda and initiatives themselves are shoved through by the antigay on vastly unfair grounds.FYI-
An interesting development in Washington state. The anti-gay Attorney General who's running for Gov on the GOP ticket this Nov has given preliminary approval to the ballot language for the attempted repeal of marriage equality- Ref 74.
The language explaining the referendum uses the phrase "redefining marriage", even though that phrase shows up NO WHERE in the actual bill.
Pro-equality groups are going to file suit to get the language changed to something less anti-gay. Of note, the NOM website recommends using the phrase "redefining marriage" and avoiding at all costs the phrase "ban same-sex marriage" or "overturn same-sex marriage rights".
The GOOD news is any court challenge could delay the start date for collecting signatures, but does NOT effect the end date of 6 Jun. So the anti-gays could be shooting themselves in the foot by trying to use anti-gay language in the ballot. Depending on how long we can drag out the court challenges to the language, the anti-gays could be left with very little time to collect their signatures.
It is in light of #2 that it is vitally important to fight them on every grounds where they're trying UNFAIRLY to tip the scales in their favor, as you have described here.
Unfortunately, NOM will stop at nothing ever, ever, ever, ever, ever. I could easily see them bringing suit to extend the period of time for signature-gathering because the lawsuit halted them from doing it.
This should not stop waging the battle of their goddamn lives against them all the way to the highest pertinent court to PREVENT them from doing such a thing, because I pah-rah-miss you, I p-r-o-m-i-s-e you that once you lodge one lawsuit, they go into overdrive and start trying to clutter the courts with every single thing they can think of, anything, anything, and then take each and every lawsuit to the highest possible level.
These people are *sociopathically obsessed* with this. As long as they have resources, the proudest and greatest thing the pro-gay can do is to fight them between now and the end of time, absolutely endlessly and with a ferocity that matches theirs and never lets up for a nanosecond.