There was Massachusetts, then Connecticut, then Iowa, followed closely by Vermont. Now New Hampshire is on its way to becoming the fifth U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. The House of Representatives has already approved the bill, and the Senate passed it 13 to 11, with slightly amended language. The House must approve the changes before sending the bill to the governor. On top of that, on Thursday Maine’s Senate passed a bill that could lead to state approval of same-sex marriage. The bill will go to a vote in the House next week.
Suddenly it seems like the states are falling like dominoes into marriage equality camp. Liss at Shakesvile linked to a CBS News/New York Times poll wherein 42 percent of respondents expressed support for legal same-sex marriage. I still don’t really believe it. Another 25 percent of people favor civil unions, whilst 28 percent do not support any form of legal recognition. Liss used the word “contagious” to describe social progress. Is that what’s going on here? It just doesn’t seem possible that so many Americans favor marriage rights for gays, though of course I’m thrilled if that’s the case. Maybe right wingers and other bigots just shout so loudly that I incorrectly perceive they are the majority.