More gay marriage

Rhode Island passed a bill to allow same-sex marriage on May 2, Delaware followed suit last week, and now Minnesota will probably follow today. The change really is incredible, here are the dates:

5/17/2004: gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts

11/12/2008: legal in Connecticut

4/27/2009: legal in Iowa

9/1/2009: legal in Vermont

12/18/2009: legal in District of Columbia

1/1/2010: legal in New Hampshire

7/24/2011: legal in New York

12/6/2012: legal in Washington

12/29/2012 legal in Maine

1/1/2013: legal in Maryland

7/1/2013: will become legal in Delaware

8/1/2013: will become legal in Rhode Island

8/1/2013: will become legal in Minnesota (officially this hasn’t passed, but the governor is supposed to sign it today at 5pm)

There are 56 jurisdictions in the US (the states, DC, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, Northern Marianas, and Guam. According to Wikipedia, 30 have constitutional amendments outlawing gay marriage and 9 have statutes outlawing it, so that limits future progress (although Minnesota was one of the 9 that had a statute and California is likely to have gay marriage soon even though they have a constitutional amendment outlawing it). Still there are only 23 states where polls show less than 50% support for gay marriage, only 11 have less than 40% support, and support is rising very quickly (only 33% supported it in 2006).

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Passion for Progress
    May 14, 2013 @ 13:45:41

    I enjoy seeing progress on this issue. I hope people will continue their hearts and minds


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