12 states are likely to legalize same-sex marriage by the end of 2014, according to a recent projection by marriage equality activist Ned Flaherty, who is a Projects Manager at Marriage Equality USA. These include such states as California, Illinois, Colorado, and Minnesota.
Support for same-sex marriage has grown quickly throughout the United States. About 53% of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage according to a new analysis, written by Flaherty. And more than 60 percent of voters in states such as Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Oregon are for same-sex marriage to be legalized in their states.
“It took 22 years to pass marriage equality for the first 10 states in America,” Flaherty told 429Magazine, “and the next 12 states to pass marriage equality will only take up to two years.”
Despite continued opposition from certain factions across the country, America has come a long way.
“Before, it used to be so slow, years would go by and nothing would happen,” said Flaherty.“Hopefully all of these 12 states see each other on the list and it’ll help encourage states to feel like they aren’t alone. I think every state on the list will see the other 11 states and then feel inspired.”
The 12 states likely to join the 10 that have legalized same-sex marriage include Illinois, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Jersey, Minnesota, Hawaii, Michigan, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and California.
The issue is still divisive, with many opposing same-sex marriage as vehemently as ever. Republicans over the age of 65 tend to be more opposed than those in any party in their 20s. But more republican leaders are embracing the notion of equality.
On February 26, more than 100 republicans signed a “Friend of the Court” brief in opposition to Proposition 8, a California law banning same-sex marriage. The brief, organized by the former chair of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman, offered information and legal opinion about why same-sex couples should have the right to marry.
The Supreme Court is hearing cases regarding both DOMA and Prop 8 later this month. Their decision could drastically shift the course of legislative action in the future as more states tackle the issue of equality.