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Delaware Gets Marriage Equality

Delaware has become the 11th state to guarantee full marriage equality on Tuesday. The state legislature passed it by narrow margins in both chambers and the governor signed it almost immediately. So that’s another state where all straight marriages will immediately become meaningless and all children will be turned into soylent green, or whatever the wingnuts are claiming this week.

And guess what? Minnesota may be next. A vote on a bill to legalize gay marriage is set for Thursday and proponents of the law say they have the votes to get it passed:

Gay rights advocates in Minnesota believe they’ve locked up enough votes in the state legislature to legalize same sex marriage ahead of a scheduled House vote Thursday.

“Thursday’s vote in the Minnesota House of Representatives will be a historic victory for thousands of same-sex couples and families in our state,” Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Minnesotans United For All Families, said in a statement Tuesday. “We are confident that the necessary votes to extend the freedom to marry for same-sex couples have been secured and that HF1054 will pass the House floor.”

The governor says he will sign the bill if it passes. This is all playing out exactly as I predicted a few years ago. The anti-gay position won the day in 2004, 2006 and 2008, but public opinion has shifted very rapidly in favor of equality. Now we’re seeing more and more states passing laws to legalize it and, starting next year, we will begin to see some of the states that banned same-sex marriage from 2004-2008 repeal those bans. Once a majority of states have marriage equality, then the Supreme Court will likely issue a ruling saying that the equal protection clause requires it. I think it happens around 2020.

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  1. slc1 says

    Once a majority of states have marriage equality, then the Supreme Court will likely issue a ruling saying that the equal protection clause requires it. I think it happens around 2020.

    I wouldn’t bet on that. If a Rethuglican is elected in 2016 and gets to replace Breyer and Ginsberg, he/she will appoint clones of Scalia.

  2. says

    “The state legislature passed it by narrow margins in both chambers and the governor signed it almost immediately.”

    Typical! Government going against the Will of the People! Hopefully a judge will step in and push back against this tyrannic act.

  3. bmiller says

    Hmmmm.. Delaware is a coastal State. Given their POWER over the weather, I just betcha that the wingnuts will be sending a hurricane their way. Because nothing says “Omnibenevolent God” like a weather event that kills or injures thousands.

  4. Doug Little says

    Once a majority of states have marriage equality, then the Supreme Court will likely issue a ruling saying that the equal protection clause requires it. I think it happens around 2020.

    The way things are accelerating I’d say it will happen sooner than that.

  5. abb3w says

    Hawaii seems overdue for acceptance; it might be imaginable in New Jersey as well. But we’re getting very close to the “magic number” of fourteen states — when there will no longer be even marginal prospect of the opponents pushing through a federal Amendment opposing gay marriage.

  6. says

    No offense to Minnesota, but if they pass same-sex marriage before my own state of Illinois does, I’m going to be so pissed at the sorry excuses for Democratic representatives who have kept our bill held up in the House. It would be pretty remarkable to see MN do it, though, since they just had a constitutional amendment to ban SSM on the ballot. I’d like to see that flip – after Illinois legislators get their heads out of their asses, of course.*


    *Not really, of course. Maybe our own legislators would be more motivated by seeing that kind of flip.

  7. says

    Anybody up for a pool on how many states have to pass teh homomarriage before Bible-monster destroys ‘Murka*?

    “If a Rethuglican is elected in 2016 and gets to replace Breyer and Ginsberg, he/she will appoint clones of Scalia.”

    Holy mother of FSM! The cloning of Scalia is one of the scariest things I’ve ever heard. Thank you very little for that disturbing image, You’ll be getting a bill for all the brain bleach it takes to get rid of that.

    * He’d better hurry up, because if he doesn’t the Republicans will beat him to it.

  8. ImaginesABeach says

    Just to be clear, TCC, Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to heterosexual couples in 2012. Passing marriage equality would be consistent with that vote.

  9. says

    Saw a great comment under one of the articles about the new DE law:

    “I’ll bet Christine O’Donnell is spinning on her broom!”

  10. says

    abb3w: Hawaii seems overdue for acceptance; it might be imaginable in New Jersey as well. But we’re getting very close to the “magic number” of fourteen states — when there will no longer be even marginal prospect of the opponents pushing through a federal Amendment opposing gay marriage.

    Even though full marriage isn’t a reality here you have to count Illinois as part of that magic number. Civil unions are legal and the only reason marriage isn’t a reality is Republican intransigence. They just kicked the state party chair out because he supported gay marriage but the top elected Republican in the state is Senator Mark Kirk who is in favor of gay marriage. To say the Republican Party here is in disarray and the reactionaries are fighting a rear guard action is a bit of an understatement and gay marriage is a big part of the fracture.

    So, basically, the odds of a Constitutional Amendment outlawing gay marriage getting ratified in Illinois are about the same as the odds that Allison Brie will stop by my house today and ask if I want to get straight married.

  11. thebookofdave says

    …the Supreme Court will likely issue a ruling saying that the equal protection clause requires it. I think it happens around 2020.

    Until then, I suggest rationing your current supplies of Soylent Green. At last, Teh Gay Mafia is dealing with the problem of access to untapped food reserves of fresh Christian babies. Praise Satan!

  12. says

    “To say the Republican Party here is in disarray and the reactionaries are fighting a rear guard action..”

    I see what you did there.

    “At last, Teh Gay Mafia is dealing with the problem of access to untapped food reserves of fresh Christian babies.”

    Look, teh babeez , Christian, KKKristian or straight-up swarthoheathen do NOT make good Soylent Green. Soylent Green is best made from the old, the poor, the lame, the halt and the blind. The babeez are for the RICH people to eat (be sure when draining them to reserve all of the “liquor”–it makes the most delicious infantahemolatte you will ever have!).

  13. dingojack says

    My Modest Proposal – let the poor eat their babies; then the rich*!
    Dingo
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    * “You poor take courage; you rich take care…”

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