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States seem to adopt gay marriage based on internal and external pressure. A neighbor state seems to have a big influence on gay marriage acceptance. Vermont adopted civil unions after Quebec passed gay marriage. Massachusetts moved next, which triggered most New England states, and so on. As more states adopt gay marriage, more states consider it, as we see now with Illinois, Oregon, Rhode Island and Delaware.
They also move because of internal pressure. DC and California pushed because of pressure from its own citizens. Both “states” have large gay populations that have been working on it for years.
It looks unlikely that Texas will adopt gay marriage any time soon, but the internal work has to begin. It may take a Supreme Court decision, but even those need some popular support to be successful. Good for these Texans for starting the ground work. They may not get results until 2020, but 2020 is far earlier than never.
The geographical aspect is very interesting AxelDC. I think that New Mexico will be legalizing same sex marriage in the relatively near term so that should help to apply pressure. Especially if the Supremes rule that states must recognize same sex marriages performed in other states.
Anyway, as a Texan I of course support the efforts to repeal the ban.
Saenz is only partially right about not having the numbers in the House or the Senate. However, if you look at how Texas voted in the last election, there is a noticeable shift occurring with Obama winning 4 of the 5 most populated counties.
In other words, Texas could be a swing state within a decade, and as the numbers of socially minded people increase, so do our chances of not being the ‘state least likely to legalize gay marriage.’
One other thing that I think is a very good sign.
There has been a shift in the last few years. Rather than gays playing defense and trying to muster forces to vote down anti-gay bills, it is the bigots on the defense.
We will most likely lose this round in Texas, but it is the bigots that are now on the defense there against these bills rather than vice versa.
Mississippi JUST completed the full change in their state that officially recognized the end of slavery, so it’s not as if those states have a great history on rights.
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