If New Jersey is the next state with a referendum on gay marriage, note that the last time that process was used in N.J. was in 1915, when an all-male electorate voted to deny voting rights to women. Could there be any better illustration of why civil-rights issues should not be subject to popular vote?
Until the Supreme Court rules on gay-marriage issues, however, including DOMA and California's Prop 8, there may be more ballot-box battles. But its foes are outnumbered now and are unable to raise the kind of money they raised from Mormons and evangelicals for the Prop 8 battle. Today the big money from Microsoft, Starbucks, T-Mobile, REI, Google, Nordstrom, Expedia, Brad Pitt and Michael Bloomberg is on the side of marriage equality.