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  •  Yes (12+ / 0-)

    On Monday, the Minnesota senate will vote to pass and it will go to Gov. Dayton and he has said he will sign. By Monday evening we will be the 12th state that has marriage equality! Woohoo! What is really funny about this is if the Repubs had not pushed for the "marriage ammendment" during the last election, this probably wouldn't have happened.

    •  The marriage amendment backfired (11+ / 0-)

      There were stories (including an interview on WCCO with GOP guy Michael Brodkorb) that said the MN Republicans wanted an issue that would bring out their base (and possibly defeat Amy Klobuchar). So the voters were asked to vote on the one-man-one-woman amendment.

      But it brought out the wrong base -- it energized pro-equality voters. The amendment failed and both the house and senate switched from GOP to Dem. And because the amendment failed, it gave energy to the people who want marriage-equality.

      I couldn't be happier.

      "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

      by Dbug on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:47:20 PM PDT

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      •  Oh NO!!!! Now all the straight menz and wymenz (4+ / 0-)
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        arizonablue, LSophia, slapshoe, TLS66

        Will run out and marry gay menz and wymenz....Lord have mercy!!!!!

      •  the anti-amendment "people energy" (1+ / 0-)
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        was amazing to be a part of; I have never felt/witnessed anything like it.
        Part of what energized me was that the GOP was elected on a platform of jobs, jobs, jobs-- but when they got into office all they did was shut down the government (costing the state millions) and put 2 cynical, mean-spirited initiatives on the next ballot: the gay marriage amendment, and voter ID. It made me angry that they were wasting time on such hurtful things.
        I'm still a little bitter that all that beautiful people energy had to be spent on stopping bad things instead of promoting good things-- but the fact that it was then channeled into forward momentum on marriage rights is currently outweighing the bitterness!

    •  Welcome to the club! (6+ / 0-)

      And when Gov. Dayton signs it, 62,346,000 Americans will live in states where marriage equality is the law. That's about 1/5 of the country.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Thu May 09, 2013 at 08:47:40 PM PDT

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      •  Even more reason to celebrate (2+ / 0-)
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        mchristi314, arizonablue

        12/51 rounded up is 24%.

        "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." --General Dwight D. Eisenhower

        by risasperson on Thu May 09, 2013 at 09:21:19 PM PDT

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        •  That's by # of states (2+ / 0-)
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          I was going by population. Most of the states that have passed marriage equality so far are pretty small in population: DE, ME, VT for example. NY is the big exception. When CA passes it (not "if"), it'll be up to about 1/3 of the country by population.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Fri May 10, 2013 at 05:21:17 AM PDT

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          •  The 9 biggest states (1+ / 0-)
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            (CA, TX, NY, FL, IL, PA, OH, GA, MI) account for a little more than half the US population. We should have 3 or 4 of them this year, and 6 of them by 2016.

            Sometimes truth is spoken from privilege and falsehood is spoken to power. Good intentions aren't enough.

            by ebohlman on Sat May 11, 2013 at 05:38:04 AM PDT

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            •  My tally includes NY (0+ / 0-)

              since we already have marriage equality here, and also IL, though the info I referenced was unclear about its status there.

              Of the rest of your list, the only one I can see realistically getting within the next year is CA - the rest are all either blue/purple states but currently under the thumbs of Republican governors who would never sign such a bill (FL, PA, OH, MI) or so red (TX, GA) that I can't imagine they'll pass anything before the federal laws kick in.

              "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

              by sidnora on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:09:24 AM PDT

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