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US: Delaware becomes the 11th state to make same-sex marriage legal

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  1. Brilliant. 2013 might be the official year of equal marriage. 1/5th of the US now on board. Next stop UK!

  2. That There Other David 7 May 2013, 10:49pm

    The train just keeps on rolling these days doesn’t it? Congratulations to Delaware :-)

  3. It’ll become a virtuous circle.

    As more and more states and countries sign up to Equal Marriage without the sky ever falling in, it will become progressively harder for its opponents to claim that it will bring about the end of civilisation, or whatever.

    They just end up looking as daft as Harold Camping and his deluded followers when the world didn’t end as he had forecast. :-)

    Equal marriage is fast becoming the hallmark of all civilised societies !

  4. Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, Illinois, are hopefully going to aid the DOMA and California cases. And all of that will hopefully have a wonderfully cumulative effect on the veto over-ride effort in New Jersey in July!

    Great stuff.

    1. Hey, do you have any more information or links for the veto over-ride effort in New Jersey? Sorry to get off topic, just interested in poor old NJ

      1. I know that they will attempt it in July after the Republican lawmakers have been chosen in primaries, so that they’ll be easier to convince that going up against Chris Christie is a good idea.

        They can definitely manage the two-thirds in the Senate but the House is going to take a huge effort.

        My general impression is that if they can’t get an over-ride then, then they’ll never be capable of getting one. That’s probably when they’ll go for a referendum instead (NJ is one of the most pro-equal marriage US states).

    2. Unfortunately this wave of pro marriage equality victories could have the opposite effect on the conservative justices who will make the argument that “democracy” is taking its coarse and doesn’t need the intervention of the courts. What they will never understand is that justice delayed is justice denied and citizens of Mississippi deserve just as much equality and protection of citizenship as those in Massachusetts.

  5. FINALLY, those two men on the flag that have been eyeing each other for over 200 years can get married and settle down in a nice log cabin.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 8 May 2013, 12:13am

      Veru cute observation, Hayden. Thanks for pointing that one out :)

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 8 May 2013, 12:14am

        oops…very…..

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 8 May 2013, 12:12am

    There we have it! Well done, Delaware! Take note C4M, Tory opponents and UKIP! Your days are numbered.

    Our own bill makes it crystal clear that no religious denomination would be compelled to marry gay couples and the state cult was given special attention with the quadruple lock, yet they still are not satisfied.

    Minnesota this thursday! The horse is out of the barn and it will never go back in. I listened to the debate in Delaware today (I’m on holiday in New York right now as of sunday). The opposition were using the exact same religious nonsense that we heard among our own opponents, some of it quite offensive. It was quite sad to hear them bang on about the bible and god’s plan.

    Pay very close attention Tory opposition and House of Lords.

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 8 May 2013, 1:56am

    Now let’s see how the Mail, Telegraph and BBC report on this one. Probably not.

  8. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 8 May 2013, 5:47am

    Well done Delaware being the 11th state!!!

    Minnesota you are next…

    Minnesota legislature wraps up in 2 weeks time – so hurry up and pass this law for us please!!!!!!

    Nevada laws are dragged out over two times – so there will be no progress for the time being…

    Hawaii, Colorado and Oregon need to get signatures for a ballot repeal.

    There has been no progress in Illinios on the House floor yet – still a few votes short. The Illinios legislature wraps up in 7 weeks time!

    LGBT people marrying 1, bigots and homophobes 0!!!!!

    You are correct on New Jersey needing an override on the veto after July (still a few votes short in the House, but achieveable in the Senate). New Jersey is the only state in the US on the North East corner that has civil unions – but not civil marriage now!!!!!!!

    http://www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/Relationship_Recognition_Laws_Map2013.pdf

    Do nor forget that the SCOTUS will make a decision on both Prop 8 and DOMA in late June 2013 too as well..

  9. Steve of Dover, DE 8 May 2013, 6:02am

    “All men are created equal, have a right to equal protection under the law!”

    that says it all in our great Consitution!!!!!!

  10. Great news from Delaware and well done to all the campaigners in this victory.

  11. PeterinSydney 8 May 2013, 10:20am

    Congratulations to Delaware, but I am a bit jealous. Living in Australia under our neanderthal-medieval homophobe Prime Minister and Opposition Leader we are still well behind you.

  12. Robert in S. Kensington 8 May 2013, 12:06pm

    Contrast the difference in American states to the UK where we don’t have as much direct activism at the grassroots level among the LGBT community. We sit back and let the politicians do the work for us. We sit back complacently and let C4M, SPUC and other hate groups mount a campaign aimed at the Lords who will probably receive more mail urging them to reject equal marriage than those in support.

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