As LGBT Americans wait with abated breath for the Supreme Court decisions in June, it now appears that five more states could pass marriage equality next year.
Illinois plans a vote in early January with the Governor pledging to sign the legislation if it is passed. The vote is close but marriage equality could come to the "Land of Lincoln" by the end of January. Forces in Minnesota after stopping the State Constitutional Amendment are planning a vote this February. Both houses of the legislature are now governed by Democrats and Governor Dayton has pledged to sign the legislation.
Three other states where marriage equality is beginning to show signs of real strength are Rhode Island, Delaware and Hawaii.
The passage in Illinois and Minnesota would even strengthen our hand for the Supreme Court debate. Clearly the winning of the four ballot measures was the moment we turned the tide on this issue