In the case of Perry, however, if the court retains the Proposition 8 ban, LGBT rights advocates would be forced to return to the states. With constitutional amendments banning marriage for same-sex couples in a majority of states, advocates would be prevented from seeking reform in state courts and legislatures. Instead, they would in most states face the daunting proposition of trying to gain equal marriage rights at the ballot box. Some states might present reasonable opportunities — indeed, voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington may affirm same-sex couples' right to marry in November — but others remain outside the realm of possibility for many years to come. And a series of ballot initiatives presents an overwhelming financial burden.