The number of states giving full state marriage rights to same-sex
couples has doubled in under a week as first Iowa and then Vermont
joined Massachusetts and Connecticut in achieving marriage equality.
Additionally, the District of Columbia City Council recently voted to
recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.
While national press coverage has focused on the historic ruling which
made California the second state to allow same-sex nuptials, lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender rights are making slow and steady progress across the country. In the recent weeks a few more states have taken action to help further civil rights for the LGBT community.
Even as the "culture wars" supposedly rage, the reality is that gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights are making slow and steady
progress across the country. Gays and lesbians now have protection
against workplace discrimination in states covering nearly half the
U.S. population, rights for same sex partnerships and adoptions have
made gains in at least ten states,
and laws making violence or bullying against gays, lesbians, bisexual
or transgender (GLBT) people a crime are increasingly being enacted.