While you were sleeping, a ton of pro-gay things have been passing left and right. See? Elections have consequences. And the Democratic sweep of the November 2008 elections is starting to pay rewards. Aren't you glad you voted for Obama?Vermont and Maine
These two states will probably be the next ones to enact full gay marriage. I feel like we're playing a boardgame where we have to flip adjoining states one-by-one. Vermont has had civil unions since 2000, and the world hasn't ended for them. New Hampshire is notoriously libertarian and iconoclastic ("Live Free or Die!") so it's a good bet as well.
New York is frustrating for gay marriage activists. If gay marriage passes in both New York and California, then we would have three of the nation's largest cities as well as 18.5% of the US population. I mean, even NEW JERSEY has recognized domestic partnerships *and* gay marriage since 2004. New York must be irked that their unfashionable neighbor to the southeast is more progressive than they are. Worse, a trio of homophobic democratic senators called the "gang of three" negotiated a backroom deal with the senate majority leader to not bring up the issue of gay marraige until late 2010. That sleazy deal seems to be defunct right now, but it doesn't keep New York from being a timid follower, not a leader.
Wyoming's legislature killed a bill that would have ignored gay marriages performed in other states. I'm not sure why conservatives want to destroy the Full Faith and Credit clause of the US constitution (article IV, section 1), and I wonder if they realize the implications about carving apart that document for a single instance of priviledge.
Back in 1998, Hawaii was one of the first states to discuss gave marriage. After their supreme court ruled that gay people could not be ignored under the state's non-discrimination policy, religious bigots quickly passed an amendment to their constitution. A new bill to create civil unions has passed their House this month and is on the way to their Senate.
Domestic partnership benefits march forward in Albuquerque. It's funny that two democratic senators opposed the bill, even though recent polls show their constituents were overwhelmingly for it. Lets hear it for individual prejudices abusing political power, shall we?
A bigger domestic partner bill. Some cities in Colorado have had benefits for gay partners for years, particularly for city employees. But that sucks if you didn't live in either Denver or Boulder. This bill expands the benefits and the area of coverage. The best thing is that this bill is being championed by a straight man, Stu Allen, who said gay couples should have the same rights that he and his girlfriend of seven years would have if they got married.
You were probably paying so much attention to the national elections to notice that Connecticut legalized full marriage back in October, 2008. Their high court ruled that civil unions were not "separate but equal". The idea of sneaking full marriage into states by initially granting civil unions is debated by gay activists, but it seems to have worked in this case. Connecticut joins Massachusetts as the only two states in the uS currently to allow full gay marriage right now.
Arguments for gay marriage and against Proposition 8 will be heard by the state's supreme court starting on March 5, with a decision about 90 days later. That means a firm ruling could be released by the first week, just in time for Pride celebrations. Can you imagine how nuts the party will be if the issue is settled once and for all?
"Days of Our Lives" or "All My Children" or something is having a lesbian wedding all this month. I saw two women in bridal dresses on a motorcycle and thought it looked really stupid. But I guess it's progress.