Thursday, July 4, 2013

Which States Are Next For Marriage Equality?


2013 has been a great year for marriage equality in the United States. 13 of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages, along with the U.S. federal government including the armed forces.

Over 90 million citizens in the U.S.A. (out of 314 million) live in marriage equality states, making the U.S.A.
the second largest country, by population, where people of the same sex can marry.  Brazil, with a population of 200 million is the largest.  Mexico may soon become the second largest (with a population of 115 million) but for now the USA is number 2.

Since marriage recognition  is a state's right for now, 37 states are left that do not recognize same-sex marriage. It is only a matter of time before recognition will come.

U.S. News and World Report says the following 10 states are next up for marriage equality:

Could Happen This Year:

Illinois (the vote that never took place in May could happen later this year).

New Jersey  (Governor Chris Christie has vetoed gay marriage, but the Democrats may be able to override his veto with a 2/3 majority.  Either than, or it could be put on the ballot this year or next year and would be sure to pass).

Hawaii (it could pass this year -- but a court challenge is considered more important).

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2014 and Beyond:

Oregon,,Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Nevada and New Mexico

Many of these states have state constitutions which forbid same-sex marriage, and votes will need to go the polls in November 2014 or 16 to vote to amend their state constitutions. But this is a matter of time.

To find out more:
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/01/19192373-ten-states-to-tackle-gay-marriage-next?lite

Addendum: The Atlantic Magazine has another article on this issue out today:
http://news.yahoo.com/growing-state-state-fight-over-marriage-equality-001922080.html

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