Fridge Wisdom: The State(s) of Same-Sex Marriage

June 25, 2013 | By Brent Almond | LESSONS LEARNED, LGBT STUFF

Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decisions on DOMA and Prop8, I wanted to take a moment and honor the states (and a couple of countries*) that laid the groundwork to get us to this point in the nation’s history.

Over the last decade, thousands upon thousands of Americans have sacrificed their time, money, privacy and sanity to get same-sex marriage legalized in their respective home states. Their goal of obtaining full rights for LGBT couples and families was not easily fought, and it’s upon their shoulders we will stand equal to the rest of the country, whether it’s now or in the future. I’m rooting for now…my fridge is running out of space.

 

netherlands
Surprising no one, The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, November 2001.
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mass
Massachusetts
, May 17, 2004. Who knew Red Sox fans could be so cool?

 

canada
Don’t Blame Canada. Our northern neighbor becomes the first non-European country to legalize same-sex marriage, July 20, 2005.

 

connecticut
Connecticut
, November 5, 2008. Way to go, Nutmeggers!

 

california
California
legalizes same-sex marriage from June 16 until November 5, 2008. Supported by The Governator, overturned by Prop8.
UPDATE! Un-overturned (?) by SCOTUS, June 26, 2013 — marriage legal again in California!

 

iowa
Iowa
, April 27, 2009. Cue nationwide “WTF?” (Magnet courtesy of Kristin Stork)

 

vermont
Vermont
, September 1, 2009. Ben & Jerry can now legally wed.

 

newhampshire
Never to be outdone by Vermont… New Hampshire, January 1, 2010

 

dc
The District of Columbia
, March 9, 2010. In January 2013, Washington National Cathedral announced it will perform same-sex weddings. Giddy wedding planners can be heard as far away as West Virginia.

 

newyork
New York ♥s same-sex marriage, July 24, 2011.

 

washington
Double espressos all around! Washington, December 6, 2012

 

maine
Maine
, December 29, 2012 (Magnet courtesy of Carrie Lutz & Holly Francis)

 

maryland
Maryland, January 1, 2013 (Read about the night legislation passed in my home state)

 

rhodeisland
Rhode Island
, legislation passed May 2, 2013. Becomes legal August 1, 2013
(Magnet courtesy of… well, I don’t actually remember. Will the generous soul who sent this let me know?)

 

delaware
Delaware
, legislation passed May 7, 2013. Becomes legal July 1, 2013. Gay dolphin magnets available July 2.

 

minnesota
Minnesota, legislation passed May 15, 2013. Becomes legal August 1, 2013. Minneapolis & St. Paul can now legally wed.

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*No offense to Belgium, Spain, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Mexico City, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, Uruguay, New Zealand, Brazil and France. These were the only foreign magnets I had. If you happen to have a magnet from any of the countries that have legalized same-sex marriage, send me a pic and I’ll add it to this post!

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UPDATES:

scandanavia
Sweden (May 2009), Denmark (June 2012), Norway (January 2009) Denmark was the first country to legally recognize same-sex couples through registered partnerships in 1989. (Magnets courtesy of Bo Johansson)

 

New_Zealand

New Zealand (August 2013) Lord of the [Wedding] Rings! (Magnet courtesy of Marc Fabris)
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7 responses to “Fridge Wisdom: The State(s) of Same-Sex Marriage”

  1. New Zealand! It was very cool when it passed here. If you need your very own Kiwi fridge magnet, holler.

    What I’m saying is this: what a brilliant way to curate progress. Well done.

    • Brent Almond says:

      Brian:
      I did have a reader send in a pic of his NZ magnet, but if you have a spare and want to send it my way, I won’t say no! 🙂

      And thanks — I hope to smother the fridge with all the magnets before too long…

      DD

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