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Activists Moving For Marriage Equality In Ten States — How Long Will It Take?

by David Badash on July 5, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

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Activists are moving to make marriage available to same-sex couples in at least ten states, and many of those attempts have been emboldened and re-energized by the recent Supreme Court decision on DOMA. Attempts in Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio and Oregon are all at various stages and all face different challenges, including in some states having to first remove bans on same-sex marriage via popular vote or legislative efforts. Other attempts are moving through the courts in cases filed by same-sex couples.

Currently, thirteen states, Washington, D.C., and several Native American tribes offer same-sex marriage. After the Supreme Court last month let the Prop 8 decision stand — effectively killing the ban on same-sex marriage — about 30 percent of America’s citizen live in areas that allow marriage equality.

If all these current efforts succeed, 23 — almost half of all states in the nation — would allow same-sex marriage, an amazing achievement in the ten years since Massachusetts was the first.

Experts believe Illinois, New Jersey, and Hawaii could be added to the list of marriage equality states by the end of the year.

Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, and Oregon could put repeals of marriage bans on the ballot in 2014 or 2016.

In New Mexico, “It’s complicated,” says NBC News:

A court case could be decided as early as next year. The Legislature could act, too, but bills both to enact and prohibit gay marriage have gone nowhere so far, and Gov. Susana Martinez opposes it.

Chris Geidener at Buzzfeed has a more in-depth breakdown that’s worth the read — take a look.

Hypothetically, if all these attempts are successful, and with nearly half the nation’s states supporting marriage equality, can a final push at the Supreme Court to make it the law of the land be far away?

Image by Stephen Luke via Flickr

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BJLincoln July 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

We need to get people in every state that has bans to sue! We have to keep the ball rolling through the states and push the federal government to blanket the whole country with protections and benefits. I think the military will be a big part in this as well because they have installations in every state. If a married couple is covered until they step foot off the base, this will cause confusion.
We need to keep up the fight until we have full equality at both federal and state levels and security that the law will not change.
What they are doing to abortion after 40 years is a shame and I for one, do not want to battle for equal marriage the same way.

bgryphon July 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

One positive with the patchwork of marriage rights is that large corporations are ripe to push for uniformity so their HR staff don't hyperventilate at the workload. See this piece in the Washington Blade:

pwrblnc July 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Can non Native Americans get married on a reservation? If they do, does that state have to recognize the federal rights for that couple anywhere they live in that state? The Native Americans that do get married….do they have to stay on the reservation to get their federal rights?

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