Monday, October 13, 2014

Thirty States

It’s been a busy week for marriage equality.  On Sunday a federal court in Alaska threw out that state’s ban on same-sex marriage, joining Idaho and North Carolina that saw their legal challenges ended by the Supreme Court.  Here’s where we stand today:

Samesex_marriage_in_USA 10-13-14Dark blue means marriage equality is legal.  Dark red means it’s not.  The patchwork in between means that the laws of the state are in various stages of litigation or a ruling is on hold pending appeal.  Click here for a map legend.

Over the weekend Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, was on Fox News Sunday with attorney Ted Olson, who successfully argued for the end of Prop 8 in California before the Supreme Court in 2013.  Mr. Perkins trotted out all the old canards about why “natural marriage” should be the law of the land, but it’s plain to see that he’s grasping at the last few straws when he claims that the wedding business will be damaged because Christian cake makers will be forced out of business by refusing to serve gay couples.  That didn’t even get by Chris Wallace.

The sense of panic from the anti-gay crowd is palpable.  Tony Perkins and his band of haters are seeing their ride on the gravy train coming to an end as state after state sees the courts both at the state and the federal level rule against them.

Any bets on which will be the last state to fall?  My money is on Alabama.

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