Oh, so this is what it looks like to be on the winning team! By the time 2013 is over, we’ll have seen the biggest-ever one-year jump in the population with marriage equality than ever before.
January of 2013 dawned with just 57 million people living in states with equality. (Also with that whole Manti Te’o thing still unfolding. How crazy was that?)
And now here we are, 11 months later, and we’re about to hit 114 million in states where marriage has passed. And we could pick up New Mexico by the end of the year. At this rate, we’ll have marriage in every state by 2020, and then we’ll have to start annexing new states just to keep up with the rate of growth.
California takes up a large chunk of that surge, of course. But Hawaii and Illinois are in there, too. Hawaii’s marriages start on December 2, and they’ll start sometime next year in Illinois.
It’s already looking good for picking up more states in 2014. Idaho has a brand new lawsuit, and Ohio just gathered enough signatures for a vote next November. See you at the altar!