My state’s legislature did something useful for once — and it’s about damn time:

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  • A3Kr0n

    That’s excellent news!

    Wisconsin’s motto: If you’re gay, go away. It’s in our Constitution!
    I think we have a looong way to go [sigh].

    • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

      I think you have less far to go than Texas :(

    • invivoMark

      We’ve got an openly gay state senator in Tammy Baldwin! I even voted for her myself last year.

      We’ll get there someday. Let’s wait and see how things look once Scott Walker gets booted out of office.

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      I agree that we have a long way to go especially with the current political makeup of the state government.

      It also doesn’t help that we have the WFA around and suing because they think any legal benefits is too much. I have a feeling the conservative wack-jobs on the state supreme court will agree with the WFA and any legal protections, as small as they were, for gay couples will be gone from the state.

  • http://springygoddess.blogspot.com/ Astreja

    Way to go, Illinois! *cheers*

  • EdmondWherever

    Welcome to the club! Hooray!!

  • Trickster Goddess

    Congratulations Illinois!

    There is much political momentum on marriage equality in the US. Just a year ago there were only 6 states (+DC), now there are 15.

    And in Hawai’i this evening a marriage bill was passed out of committee and will go to a vote in the full house, possibly this week. Next will probably be New Mexico where some counties are already issuing marriage licenses while state supreme court is trying to decide whether the lack of a law forbidding same-sex couples to marry means that they actually are allowed to marry.

    So there you likely have # 16 & 17. Who will be next on the slippery slope to equality?

    • MD

      Don’t know who will be next, but the race to the bottom will probably be between Texas, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

      • Agrajag

        I’m pretty sure there’ll be a few holdouts until the supreme court strikes all the remaining down as unconstitutional.

      • Buckley

        Don’t forget Indiana – the only Northern State to act like it’s still in the Confederacy

      • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

        Texas and Florida will have gay marriage before Utah and Idaho.

        • Jeff

          I’m in Texas…and I don’t know if I would make that bet. Funny Florida is so anti-gay…obviously, it’s residents haven’t been to Key West.

        • Rip Van Winkle

          Texas legislature won’t even talk about allowing gay divorces because they feel that enabling it would force them to have to recognize the union as a marriage in the first place. Until or unless Texas gets a Democrat in the Governor’s house (GO WENDY!) there won’t be anything but Christian bigots with their heads up their arses.

          • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

            I’ll be happy to vote for Wendy Davis for governor. I don’t think she has much of a chance but I’ll be sure to campaign and vote for her. I may vote in the GOP primary last year. It’s the only way to have any say in who represents you down here. But even with a Democrat as governor, I don’t see gay marriage getting through the legislature. We can’t even get a nondiscrimination bill.

      • islandbrewer

        My prediction is that there’s going to be a tie for last among a bunch of states (Alabama, Mississippi, Idaho, Utah, etc.). The last hold outs will be brought into line by either a SCOTUS case or federal legislation. Sort of like the hold outs with anti-miscegenation laws.

    • Persephone

      I think that we’re getting close to the end of the “easy” states to flip. Aside from a handful more, I think the rest will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, by a Supreme Court decision similar to Loving v. Virginia.

  • Miss_Beara

    Hooray to my state! I cannot wait to hear what the Illinois Family Institute has to say about this. There are some awful comments on the local Chicago news facebook pages though. Lots of “a marriage is between a man, woman and God” and “now pedophiles are going to want the same rights.”

    • Mitch

      Just wait until somebody pulls out that nonsense earlier about the DSM V calling pedophilia a “sexual orientation.”

      • Rip Van Winkle

        I would technically consider it an orientation, but it’s socially unacceptable and extremely inappropriate.

    • Dan Robinson

      Man, woman, God…sounds like polyamory..or polytheism…or polyvinyl if you include the blow-up doll.

      sorry, I got carried away. I’m giddy that my state did this!

      • Rip Van Winkle

        Well, Christians fly off the handle about homosexuality but don’t see the irony in “real men love Jesus” and the fact that Jesus technically had 2 dads and turned out fine.

        Then they go on about pedophilia while not seeing how half their Biblical idols married children, or how the children had sex with their drunken fathers.

        They also can’t stand bigamy or polygamy, yet the Bible is rife with those kinda of relations. I think ‘one man, one woman’ is probably the rarest form of union in that whole book, and it’s even rarer if you think about how many women were willing wives, rather than slave brides or sold to the husband by her parents, or just given away to someone who raped her.

        There’s also the bit about how much they hate beastiality, but their book talks about the comparison of men and horses/donkeys based on the size of their phallus and the spooge of an ejaculation. I daresay I wouldn’t know how much ‘emission’ a donkey puts out since I’m not messing with their bits. I can only wonder how any regular Christian would.

    • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

      You forgot the dog and toaster.

      • Miss_Beara

        I did see a comment that said “I love my dog but I am not going to marry him!” Because humans and dogs are the same.

    • islandbrewer

      Ha ha! Now for the ducks and ham sandwiches!


  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    Welcome to the Present, Illinois. Thank you for your courage.

  • http://youtu.be/fCNvZqpa-7Q Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Maine welcomes you to the club.

  • Lauryn FFRF

    FFRF’s status about this yesterday was also very popular. It received the most ‘likes’ for any status we’ve had on our Facebook, yet.

  • Don Gwinn

    My Facebook worlds are colliding again . . . I’ve got my God-fearing, rock-rib conservative gun rights friends and my lefty humanist friends, some of them encountering each other for the first time. My libertarian gun-rights friends are just sitting back and chuckling, for the most part.

    I’m tempted to start telling the real wackos that pedagogues are already allowed to marry in Illinois, and that I’m a pedagogue married to a pedagogue, and just see what happens. :D

  • Dave

    That would make a great billboard.

  • pparf

    Though intneded as satire, this videoimplies that state-by-state gay marriage legalization “slippery slope” may indeed become a fast moving slip ‘n slide.

  • http://gadlaw.com gadlaw

    One of these days I’m going to remember that clicking on a picture from your Facebook doesn’t take me to that picture but all the way back to this site. I understand the clickview thing but every single time?