America is becoming more gay by the minute! Well, at least more supportive of the LGBT community. Last night, both Maine and Maryland became the first two states to legalize same-sex marriage by vote. "We've lost at the ballot box 32 times," said Paul Guequierre of Human Rights Campaign to CNN on voting in Maryland. "History was made tonight." Adding about Maine, Freedom to Marry campaign director Marc Solomon said, "It's hard to overstate the national significance of this vote." While the Washington vote has not officially been announced, reports everywhere are already giving it the green light as 52% of the counted 60% of voters say yes, which makes it the third state to join in this historic turn of events.
These three join six states and Washington D.C. as locations where Americans can marry whomever they love, making the total almost 20% of the states. For Massachusetts, Iowa and Connecticut, the laws followed court rulings that same-sex couples could not be denied marriage rights, and legislatures approved the change in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire.
In other news, Minnesota became the first American state to vote down an amendment to the state's constitution that would recognize marriage as only between a man and a woman. Not only is there thanks to be given to Minnesotians, but also ally Chris Kluwe, who has been essential in voicing support for the community and marriage equality for his state and nation.