Republican Mike Ferguson is vying for a hotly contested open seat in central New Jersey. He's running squarely in the center, playing up his commitment to improving the public schools and passing gun control legislation. The one taboo: any talk of George W.
Tel Aviv's city bus number four runs down Allenby Street through the heart of
secular Israel's glittering urban showcase. Just visible in one direction is the
crowded Mediterranean coast, dotted with international hotels and frolicking
sunbathers. A few blocks in the other direction are the cafés and
boutiques of Dizengoff Street. As the bus pulls southward and heads farther
inland, the scene out the window becomes seedier and, in a country not known for
its clean streets, even dirtier. Trendy shops are replaced by open-fronted stores
displaying luggage and trinkets, carts piled with vegetables and candied nuts,
and placards advertising peep shows. This is South Tel Aviv, an area populated by
Evan Wolfson, Director of the Marriage Project at the Lambda Legal and Education Defense Fund, discusses the right-wing war on gays and lesbians and the prospects for same-sex marriage.
Platt: There were two ballot initiatives in this election cycle banning same-sex marriage -- in Nebraska and Nevada. As you know, the initiatives passed easily. How would you put these referenda in the context of the decade-long quest for the recognition of same-sex partnerships?