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Old 05-02-2013, 04:59 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Really?

Who'd have thought just a few years ago that 1/5 of the states in this country would have marriage equality, with more teetering on the edge of it as well?

I am very optimistic. While it may not come as fast as most of us would like, I really believe it IS coming.

Don't be such a "negative Nelly" (or Ned)!

(Think positive! )
The problem is that 40 states have adopted statutes or Constitutional amendments that explicitly ban same-sex marriage, or -- in a couple of cases, such as VA and NC -- any state recognition of same-sex relationships whatsoever. There are only a couple of states (NJ and NM, and maybe 1 or 2 others) that have neither legalized nor banned it.

And as we all know from the Prop 8 trial, it's much more difficult to overturn a constitutional ban on something than to legalize it in the legislature or in the courts. In the near future we may pick up 3 or 4 more states, plus California, but after that the movement may stall for a while.

 
Old 05-02-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Middle of nowhere
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Repealing the constitutional ban in Nevada passed the state senate too.
 
Old 05-02-2013, 05:03 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Repealing the constitutional ban in Nevada passed the state senate too.
Yes, but it has to pass both houses of the legislature twice, and then go to the voters. The whole process will take at least 3 years.
 
Old 05-02-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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It's starting to lose its novelty. Which is a good thing, because it means it's becoming more commonplace.
 
Old 05-02-2013, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Middle of nowhere
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Yes, but it has to pass both houses of the legislature twice, and then go to the voters. The whole process will take at least 3 years.
I know, but it is a step in the right direction.
 
Old 05-02-2013, 06:27 PM
 
Location: On the Group W bench
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Very fitting that RI, birthplace of religious freedom, should join this movement.
 
Old 05-02-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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Correction - Rhode Island redefined marriage.

Another state slowly eroding the republic.
 
Old 05-02-2013, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Middle of nowhere
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Correction - Rhode Island redefined marriage.

Another state slowly eroding the republic.
 
Old 05-02-2013, 08:49 PM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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Correction - Rhode Island redefined marriage.

Another state slowly eroding the republic.
Yup.

Ten down (and the District of Columbia) - only forty to go.

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lol
 
Old 05-02-2013, 08:57 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Good news for Rhode Island, that leaves how many states with no position and how many have constitutional ban?
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