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Gay marriage debate not over in 2006

One year remains until voters will have the glorious opportunity to save marriage from its impending doom in the state of Wisconsin. The constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will be on the ballot in the November 2006 election.

It's expected to pass, but with a year until it comes up, there is plenty of time for opponents to make their case. One aspect of the ban that's sure to get attention is that over 300 legal experts have determined that the amendment could result in banning not only marriages, but civil unions and domestic partnerships as well. Some businesses and local governments currently offer domestic partner benefits to their employees.

Here's another thing to keep in mind. Consider that the opposition to same-sex marriage skews toward older people. By and large, young people are much more supportive of two people of the same sex getting married.

Regardless of the outcome of next year's vote, the debate over gay marriage will not end. This is an ongoing and evolving issue. A few years ago, there was much larger opposition to civil unions and domestic partner benefits. The debate over same-sex marriage has moved the goal posts in favor of those advocating for the rights of the gay and lesbian community.


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