MD Assembly Debating Gay Marriage Right Now, WV Considering Civil Unions

A rainbow front must be moving in a southwesterly pattern from New England, because the states of Maryland and West Virginia are both considering legalizing same-sex unions. What’s significant: these states are even south of the infamous Mason-Dixon Line.

Democratic gov. Martin O’Malley has been fighting fiercely for marriage equality in Maryland for the past month, and today the state Assembly is debating it. (You can even follow a WashPo reporter’s live tweets from the floor, if you’re so inclined.)

West Virginia isn’t ready to consider full-on marriage equality, but a bill for civil unions has been introduced by Delegate John Doyle, who tells the WV Gazette he’s trying to start a conversation about the issue.

Not ideal, obvi, but the state is right smack dab in the middle of Appalachia, so let’s give them a little time.

North of the Mason-Dixon, we’ve got New York’s success last year and New Jersey’s resounding supportGovernor Fat F**k‘s veto notwithstanding.

Looks like it might be another banner year for gay rights in the U.S. of A!

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