Minnesota is on the verge of joining the future with Delaware and becoming the 12th state in the U.S. to pass marriage equality. Thursday the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the marriage equality bill, so next stop is the Senate on Monday! Best part is, it’s expected to pass with bipartisan support.
They’re falling like dominoes!
New Zealand’s Parliament is getting ready to vote on a marriage equality bill this Wednesday, and join a rapidly increasing collection of nations who provide equal rights for its gay citizens. From Television New Zealand:
Labour MP Louisa Wall’s marriage equality member’s bill is due to have its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday night. The bill passed its committee stages with 77 votes to 43 last month and little change was anticipated for the final vote.
[...] Green MP Kevin Hague said there had been a groundswell of support not only from same-sex communities but from straight people as well. “I just feel enormously grateful to them because they have no personal stake in it, they just say this is the right thing to do.”
Edit: The blog has been updated with a video from the AP, check it out after the jump!
Today is a great day! Uruguay passed a marriage equality bill with a 71-21 vote in the House, and now will be sent to President José Mujica who has publicly stated he will sign it!
This makes Uruguay the 12th nation to treat its citizens equally nationwide, following the likes of; Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden!
State Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Mundelein, Illinois, decided he will side with history and equality when he announced his support for Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill on Sunday. After previously opposing civil unions and same-sex marriage, what changed his mind? Well we have his mother-in-law to thank. From the Chicago Tribune:
Sullivan, who is chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, said his decision to back same-sex marriage represented a personal and family evolution on the issue. Previously an opponent of civil unions, Sullivan told the Tribune that his mother-in-law, who lives in the southwest suburbs, has been in a same-sex relationship.
This is some big news for Minnesota! Republican Senator Branden Petersen is breaking new ground in Minnesota by becoming the first Republican legislator to not only publicly support marriage equality, but he is also preparing to co-sponsor a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in his state!
“At this point, I am concerned about doing the right thing,” said Petersen, an Andover resident who is married and has two young children. “I have a certain amount of peace about that, and I will let the chips fall where they may.”
Happy Valentine’s Day y’all! In a 34-21 vote, the Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would allow for same-sex marriage. Senator Heather Steans, who sponsored the bill, called it “a vote for the history books.”
“We have the opportunity today to welcome all families in Illinois as Equally valued,” she said.
Historically speaking, when the rights of a minority get put to a vote, things don’t tend to land on their side. However with the success of the last election for the LGBT community, and NJ’s first openly gay legislator, believes the majority of the population is on his side and introduced bill (A3611) asking New Jerseyites to approve gay marriage.
As you can expect there are Senate Democrats and activists who aren’t thrilled about putting Civil Rights to a vote, previously Gusciora included himself in that group until he felt like the support was there.