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.