On Marriage Equality, Eight Years = 180 Degrees

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)

Eight years ago, progressives were recovering from an Election Day that saw a full 11 states ban same-sex marriage at the polls. The environment in early 2013 could not be more different. Coming off of historic successes at the polls in four states in November, momentum behind marriage equality efforts continues to grow in state after state in advance of what is likely to be a landmark Supreme Court decision on the issue this term:

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn voiced his support for same-sex marriage in his "State of the State" address, where a bill is set to be voted on by the full Senate later this month. [Freedom to Marry]

Marriage equality looks like it will also soon be on the front burner in Minnesota, where Gov. Mark Dayton reiterated his support while outlining his legislative priorities for 2013. [MN Progressive Project]

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee highlighted the economic argument for same-sex marriage, saying that the Ocean State needs "to have the same welcome mat at our door that our neighbors have.” [Bloomberg News]

A bipartisan majority of Colorado's Senate voted in favor of civil unions legislation, with State Sen. Ellen Roberts (R) praising the bill for creating a "structured, legalized framework for children to grow up in." [Denver Post]

Indiana's conservative legislative leadership decided to postpone until 2014 a vote on whether to enshrine their ban on same-sex marriage in their state constitution. [Indianapolis Star]

Freedom to Marry, one of the major national groups behind state ballot victories in 2012, announced plans to engage in states including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island in 2013. [BuzzFeed]

Iowa conservatives continue to fight amongst themselves on the issue. [Des Moines Register]

Texas State Representatives Garnet Coleman and Rafael Anchia introduced bills to repeal their state's ban on gay marriage. [Burnt Orange Report]

It's unclear exactly what arguments may be made by Obama administration in briefs filed in the two same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court. [NPR]


Read the full Dispatch from February 11, 2013 here.