Maine and Maryland voters have legalized same-sex marriage, joining Massachusetts as “M” states that allow it. Coincidentally, those are the first three “M” states, alphabetically. Can Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Montana be far behind? Sadly, the answer is probably yes. But still, SSM opponents can no longer fall back on the claim that it’s never been approved by popular vote. Suck it, bigots.
Washington’s SSM referendum still too close to call, but was leading in the early hours. They already have civil unions that are legally marriage in all but name, so i’ve assumed voters won’t find it too big a step to take.
And in Minnesota the proposal to put the state’s statutory ban on SSM in the state constitution appears to have lost as well.
Meanwhile in Iowa, the effort to unseat the remaking state Supreme Court justice judge from the group that unanimously ruled in favor of SSM there survived his retention election. Last time several of those justices were booted, but the drive to get them all off has stalled. Not that it matters legally, probably, since it’s doubtful anyone would have standing to file a lawsuit challenging SSM, but politically it makes a point.
21 years ago my friend, Bill, told my new bride and me that he wanted his wedding to be just like ours. I never imagined such a thing would be possible for him, or so many others. I can’t adequately express my joy at the way this is turning out.