I want to assure everyone that reads this (the 1 or 2 people) that this blog is not only going to be postings about Gay Marriage (however, this blog was sort of started because of all the emails I was sending friends after Gay Marriage became legal in IOWA) But I do think that theevents on the gay rights front in the past few weeks are very important! Many say that things have not come far enough, or fast enough - but for me I think these are HUGE steps in the right direction.
Seriously, did anyone really ever think that these events would all take place in a span of a week and on the heels of Gay Marriage in IOWA & VERMONT (both also occured within the same week)???
Thursday morning, the Maine Senate passed a marriage equality bill, granting same-sex couples the same rights, privileges and protections that heterosexuals in the state have.
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration next week.
On Wednesday, the New Hampshire senate also legalized same-sex marriage. Their House already passed it as and the bill is now in the hands of the NH Governor, who has not said whether he will sign, veto or not sign.
Also yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, which extends federally protected categories to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
And, this week as a well, new polls show that right now, Americans as a whole are favoring gay marriage by 42%, that's 9% more than just a month ago. An additional 25% are in favor of civil unions."