Thirteen Down


A reader does some math:

Once the Ninth Circuit stay is lifted in California, some 97 million Americans will live in a state with marriage equality, just under one-third of the US population. In the rest of 2013 and 2014, we can likely bring marriage equality to Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Oregon – adding another 47 million. That leaves us about 9 million shy of a majority. All we’d need is Ohio or Pennsylvania and then a majority of Americans would live in states with marriage equality. Massachusetts became the first state to gain marriage equality only in 2003, just ten years ago. If we can bring over those states above in the next five years, we will have achieved majority marriage equality in only 15 years.

In 1947, California started the end of anti-miscegenation laws with a decision by its Supreme Court in Perez v. Sharp, 32 Cal. 2d 711. By the time of Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), some 20 years had passed. I bet the US Supreme Court bans anti-marriage equality laws less than five years from now, which means we will have won our victory slightly faster than those fighting for racial equality won their fight in this arena.

Not bad for a group of sissies.

Nate Silver has the global numbers. Another sends the above image:

After reading that the Windsor decision affects 13 states (including California with Hollingsworth), I thought maybe the gay pride movement should consider a new flag.