The Effects of Marriage Equality Campaigns on LGBT Families


This November, four states (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington) have marriage definition questions on their ballots.

Within the LGBT community and society at large, we often think of the effects of these elections in terms of whether or not marriage equality will expand to another state, or whether yet another state will ingrain discrimination into its constitution.

What we don’t consider — but we ought to — is the toll that these referendums can take on LGB people during the election season itself. To understand the effect, flash back to 2006, when nine states had marriage amendments on the ballot.

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