One marriage-equality crusader tired of liberals’ ain’t-it-awful chant joined us today on Left Ahead. The Rev. John Buehrens was the first straight on Freedom to Marry‘s board and has served on it for nine years. He is relentlessly optimistic about per-state and nationwide equality.
While a minister, he is a UU and former president of the UUA. He doesn’t come from smiley-face religiosity. His is a social-action bunch.
I heard him at his Needham church less than two months ago recapping his FTM times. He spoke of how pleased and surprised they have been that the drive for equality has spread so rapidly among states. Perhaps more important, national support for equality has grown even faster, to a slight majority in favor, with quite a few undecided now.
Then he also spoke of low-hanging fruit, including Maryland. I thought he was a bit daft considering how that legislature had recently rejected marriage equality. Of course, he was right as we all know now.
That state faces the dreadful referendum/ballot initiative challenge, the resort of the anti-equality and anti-gay forces after they lose in courts or the legislature. Click below to hear how he sees the five states in play for this year’s elections, including Maryland.
Buehrens describes what he sees as a tipping point for this crucial civil-rights issue. In addition to more public support, there is more state-level legislative backing. He sees a nation with 10 marriage-equality states and another 10 all-but-marriage ones. When that happens, things will also fall in place at a national level, he figures. That would include overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.
Click below for the 41-minute show. It includes his evaluation of the GOP losing its monolithic opposition to equality and the Dems almost certainly including a pro-equality plank in this June’s platform for the convention.