Friday, November 6, 2009

Sherry Wolf on Maine's repeal of marriage equalty

Sherry Wolf, who appeared on Queery a few weeks ago to discuss her new book Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of LGBT Liberation, published an analysis of the Maine vote in the online edition of the Socialist Worker yesterday.

She argued that the vote reflects the lack of progressive organizing in rural areas and points to the need to guarantee civil rights at the federal level. She points out that, when the Supreme Court struck down laws against "interracial" marriage in 1967, only a fifth of Americans would have voted in favor of such marriages. This, she wrote, shows just how flawed it is to be subject civil rights to popular prejudices.

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