Same-sex marriage advances

There has been quite a bit of movement lately in support of gay marriage:

On Thursday, the Maryland legislature approved a bill to legalize gay marriage. Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, said he would sign it, making Maryland the eighth state to give gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.
On Wednesday, a federal district judge in California struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which blocks married same-sex couples from receiving a wide variety of federal benefits. It’s the second time in two years that a federal court has ruled the law unconstitutional, and an appeals court decision is expected soon on the earlier case.
And earlier this month, a panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Proposition 8, the voter-approved California law that took away from gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, which they’d gained only months earlier.

And Washington state passed legislation to make it legal and Maine has enough signatures to put the question on a ballot this fall and legislation passed in New Jersey (but was vetoed by Governor Christie).

Perhaps the fact that a majority of Americans now support gay marriage (46-44% in November 2011 and rising quickly–in 2006 it was 33% for and 56% against) is really starting to be felt.

 

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