I hate to admit it, but this one practically snuck up on me. I was busy flying back to DC from Chicago, with dog in tow, and Delaware goes ahead and becomes the 11th state to legalize gay marriages.
The new law takes effect July 1.
Just two weeks ago, Rhode Island passed gay marriage legislation, making same-sex weddings legal in that state on August 1.
It’s almost bizarre what’s happened to gay rights over the past year. I can tell just by looking at my inbox. The gay rights news, and particularly the gay marriage news, is out of control compared to what it was before.
The momentum the gay rights movement gained because of the elections last November cannot be overstated. It’s led conservatives from George Will to Newt Gingrich to suggest that gay marriage is now inevitable nationwide, it’s only a matter of time. And Colin Powell launched a broadside against the GOP’s “vein of intolerance.”
As I noted right after the election, it wasn’t just gay rights. Women had a big day (in part simply because all the “rape” boys lost), as did marijuana legalization advocates. In a very real way, last November was a repudiation of conservatism, or at the very least, things moved to the left. And on gay rights, they started rolling down a hill and picking up speed.
Here’s Delaware governor Jack Markell holding up the signed marriage equality law.