Social Policy & Politics Program | Memo

Six Imminent Marriage Moments: A Policymaker’s Guide

by Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

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Over the next twelve months, there will be at least six likely events that will highlight the issue of marriage for gay couples. Each will spur more questions, from the media and from constituents, towards elected officials—especially those who have kept a low profile on repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or allowing gay couples to marry.

This memo forecasts these imminent events in order to help policymakers prepare. And for those who are ready to evolve on the issue in light of these coming actions, see our memo on How to Change Your Public Position on Marriage for advice about navigating that transition and making the change into a strength, not a weakness. In short, these coming “marriage moments” will provide a unique opportunity for fence-sitters to re-examine their positions and catch up with the wave of history moving steadily across America.

TIMELINE - Six Imminent Marriage Moments

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