Where are things at with this gay marriage stuff?
Good question. Let’s catch up. Nineteen states have legalized gay marriage! That’s great! Three by popular vote! Let’s all move to Maine, Maryland, and Washington! It’ll be great. If you refuse to move with me to those places, then take your pick of the sixteen others that allow gay marriage thanks to legal proceedings.
I’m going to put Massachusetts first, because Boston rocks, and Massachusetts was first. In your face inequality!
Then alphabetically: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois (starting 6/1/14), Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
You can also move to Colorado I suppose. They only allow civil unions but you can buy pot legally so I guess for all of you gay potheads out there who don’t want to live on the coast, you must make choices.
This question was brought to mind when I recently read that North Dakota is the only state in the union that does not have a pending case challenging same-sex marriage bans. My first assumption was that this was because only 19 people live in North Dakota and if one in ten people are gay, then one more person needs to move there in order for there to be a gay couple that wants to get married. Now, though it seems that this will change in the upcoming few months. This means two things. First, we can now change that North Dakota population sign to twenty! Second, there is no state that is not calling this inequality into question. This was a great thing to think about for me. I feel often that it is too easy to read and hear the yelling magazine shows and soundbite personalities declaring that the nation is torn in two and those two groups have absolutely no common ground. On certain issues we may have quite a distance to go, but I feel that if there is truly no common ground then there would be no hope. I think that instead it’s important to remember that there is hope. Things can change. People are far more often neighbors, family members, and friends than they are screaming pundits. Anyway, apparently the population in North Dakota in 2012 was 699,628. Just to put this into perspective. I live in New York City and that is the exact same number of people that occupy one train car at rush hour in the rain here.*
*Don’t check my facts.
** This is a line from the North Dakota state song. Go learn all of the state songs. It will probably make you more popular at parties.