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ACLU Chief: National Gay Marriage 'A Sure Thing'

Monday, 11 May 2009 03:19 PM

By Dan Weil

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Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, says gay marriage will ultimately be legalized throughout the country.

With four states already allowing same-sex marriage and several others moving in that direction, “it’s just a matter of time” before the whole country goes that way, Romero tells The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Clearly the momentum is on our side.”

Last week, Maine’s legislature approved a gay marriage bill, and New Hampshire’s has done the same. Also last week, the Washington, DC City Council voted to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont and Connecticut permit same-sex marriage.

But Romero, the first openly gay head of the ACLU, may be counting his chickens before they hatch. Certainly more conservative states won’t be passing gay marriage bills anytime soon.

And it’s difficult to imagine the Supreme Court, as presently constituted, will approve same-sex marriages.

The White House won’t be leading the charge either. While President Obama has called himself a “fierce advocate of equality” for gays and lesbians, he also says that as a Christian he opposes same-sex marriage.

Congress is unlikely to deal with such a hot-button issue when constituents are preoccupied with keeping their jobs and homes during a vicious recession.

To be sure, more people are coming to accept gay marriage. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates that 49 percent of citizens favor legalization, up from 32 percent in 2004, The Inquirer reports. And among conservatives, the approval rate has tripled to 30 percent.

G. Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, predicts gay marriage will be legal nationally within a decade, The Inquirer reports.

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