The nickname for Delaware is the 'First State' and it is certainly first in my heart this morning. It became the 11th state to pass marriage equality. We broke the '40 barrier' and now have only 39 states to go! Even though a small state it has a tradition of flirting with southern ways. This is a major victory.
More importantly every state that endorses marriage equality before the Supreme Court decisions at the end of June helps drive home the message to the Court.
There are two target state that have a reasonably good shot of passing marriage equality before the end of the month. Both Minnesota and Illinois are close to having enough votes to take us to lucky 13! If we could only convince Governor Christie to sign the legislation but my guess is he will wait to see what the court decides in June.
According to the Williams Institute there are four states left where marriage equality is above 50% in approval. They are Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey and Oregon.
Then there are eleven states where we are within five percentage points which include: Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.
Hopefully the Supreme Court will make our job easier but if it does those twelve states will hear from us soon!
Never let up!