It sure is a bad time to be the kind of bigot who thinks marriage equality laws oppress your God-and-Thomas-Jefferson-given right to oppress people.
The big scary gay agenda:
coming to a state near you.
Almost everyone with a pen, including the president of these United States, has filed a brief in support of the Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. A study released Thursday shows that except for an ever-shrinking group of angry old white dudes clinging to their Bibles, Americans are embracing marriage equality. Three states legalized it in the 2012 election, and Illinois is just a state House vote away from doing the same. Activists in Oregon are collecting signatures now to put equality on the 2014 ballot.
And now this news from Minnesota, the very state that voted down a ban on marriage equality in 2012:
A bill to make gay marriage legal in Minnesota has the votes to clear one of its first major legislative hurdles, despite loud protests from opponents at a rally Thursday at the Capitol.
Hundreds of gay marriage opponents crowded the Capitol's rotunda, trying to slow momentum on the effort to repeal the state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. "We believe it's a perversion of God's best intentions for his people," said Carolyn Alm, a demonstrator from Chisago City.
But the bill was already headed for a key boost in the House Civil Law Committee: nine of 17 members on that committee told The Associated Press they would vote for the bill, enough to send it on to the full House.
So scream and protest and march all you want, haters, but equality is coming. No matter how much you believe that gays and lesbians getting married will undermine your own marriage, an ever-growing number of Americans disagree. An ever-growing number of Republicans disagree. Marriage equality is no longer a matter of if; it is simply a matter of when.
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