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polls_pro_gay_marriage_rights_design_2351_822128_answer_1_xlargeThe military will be extending benefits to same-sex couples. Read more here.

According to the Pew Research Center, a majority of Americans support gay marriage. Read more here.

As of June 2013, twelve states — Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington — as well as the District of Columbia and three Native American tribes — have legalized same-sex marriage.

Eleven countries now have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide (Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, and Denmark). Read more about it at the Freedom to Marry project.

However, we still have a long way to go. We are nervously waiting for the Supreme Court’s ruling on two pivotal cases: one concerns the right to same-sex marriage itself while the second involves the federal benefits available to legally married gay couples. Read more here.

Finally I end with this heart breaking video where a senator from Illinois has to announce to the chamber and his constituents that Illinois never put up the vote on this before the session closed for the summer. About a minute in … you are as crushed as all the families he is speaking to. Click on the video of Greg Harris.

The work is not yet done people. When straight people do nothing, oppression proliferates.

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