The Next Marriage Equality State

Andrew Sullivan —  Jan 2 2013 @ 8:37pm

Richard Socarides is hopeful that it will be the Land of Lincoln:

Seemingly out of nowhere, Illinois, the fifth largest state, with a population of almost thirteen million people, is likely about to become the tenth state to allow same-sex marriage. It could happen within the next week, during the lame-duck session of the state legislature, which ends on January 8th. If it does, over twenty per cent of the U.S. population will live in states with marriage equality, even before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on marriage rights in California this June. California alone has approximately twelve per cent of the U.S population, and its addition to the group would then bring the total to about a third of the population.

Abby Rapoport is also watching Rhode Island and New Jersey. Chris Geidner adds California, Delaware, Minnesota, and Hawaii to the list.