Same-Sex Marriage Foes Get Band Back Together for ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Push.


As social conservatives across the country push a coordinated, nationwide effort to roll back the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children, many veterans of the war over same-sex marriage are having the same gut reaction: we’ve been here before. “These are old networks and opponents, but I don’t think they are ‘reawakening.’ They never went away,” said Evan Wolfson, attorney and activist who founded Freedom To Marry, one of the groups at the forefront of the marriage movement. Although support for same-sex marriage has risen to more than 70 percent since it was legalized nationwide in 2015, Wolfson said, “that doesn’t mean that the opponents completely went away.” The recent signing into law of a trio of anti-LGBTQ bills in Texas, Florida and Alabama, and a raft of similar legislation under consideration across the country, evoke the same strategy that veterans of the battle fought against in the pursuit of same-sex marriage—and feature many of the same players that once seemed on the cusp of banning it nationwide.

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