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Thursday, October 27, 2016

same-sex marriage--OK

December 2013, marked the end of a year that had seen significant strides for proponents of equal rights for gays. Over the previous 12 months, the number of states in which same-sex marriage is legal rose to 17.

Historic victories for gay couples came after the United States Supreme Court overturned much of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The rulings in both cases reflect a changing attitude across the nation as Americans seem more accepting.

Since the rulings, gay couples and activists in states across the nation are advancing efforts to repeal bans and obtain the same benefits and protections offered to married heterosexual couples.

Though 2014 has a long way to go before it achieves as much progress as was made in 2013, advocates of marriage equality and gay rights are fighting in several states to bring the issue to the November ballot — and, in some cases, to federal courts.

Read on to learn which states are the most likely to legalize same-sex marriage next.

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  • Faraday_Cat

    I still don’t understand how tax breaks for married individuals, at the very least until they are available to gay couples, has not been considered an establishment of religion…it positively incentivizes a decidedly religious behaiviour (marraige of one man and one woman), whereas other religions and those with no religion believe something else (gay marraige, polyamory, polygamy, no marital institution, etc.).

  • jointerjohn

    Abolish the marriage tax breaks and perks altogether. Let personal relationships and living arrangements remain personal. Government does not need to recognize, rank, nor grant favor to our personal life decisions. Government and religion don’t mix. Government needs to operate in the realm of reality and religion cannot do that.

    • latebloomingrandma

      I think marriage is actually more about culture. It has been around since the beginning and is present in some form in all cultures. Bonding with other humans and creating families has been around for a long time. There has also been monetary benefits somewhere in there—remember gifts, dowries, etc.

  • howa4x

    This presents a conundrum for elected GOP governors. On one hand they need to fire up evangelicals and tea party members and on the other they don’t want to alienate a growing acceptance of same sex marriage in their states. They will be held accountable for upsurd and outrageous comments that will be made by local talk show jocks, and state republican officials as well as religious ones. Either they will condone them or try to soften them or repudiate them. With a polarizing issue that puts them is loose loose with either side. Most will let the courts decide. Some like Christie said he wouldn’t waste tax money on an appeal when a court in NJ overturned the ban. Should be interesting since when on the ballot it will bring out both sides in force.

  • Robert Roberto

    If you vote against same sex marriages an unbalanced judge will grant them a reversal of your no vote.