Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Welcome to New England

New England is a region in the northeastern corner of the United States consisting of the six states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. 

Currently all six states have legalized marriage equality. The first state to approve a same-sex marriage law was Massachusetts on 2004. Following its steps Connecticut (2008); Vermont (2009); New Hampshire (2010) and Maine (2012). The last one has been Rhode Island on May 2, 2013.

I want to highlight Rea Carey's words, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, after Rhode Island passed the law. She said:

The momentum for the freedom to marry is undeniable, as we see yet again with this victory in Rhode Island. Marriage equality has now swept through all of New England, and we are thrilled for the couples and families in Rhode Island who will soon be able to share in the responsibilities and celebration of marriage without having to cross state lines.

This has been a journey of changing hearts and minds, of personal and poignant conversations about why marriage matters, of shining a spotlight on our common humanity. The transformative nature of people talking about their love and their lives is clear, as we see with this victory in Rhode Island, and in the fact that a clear and ever-growing majority of Americans supports marriage equality.

We rejoice in this moment and continue to press forward to the day when loving, committed same-sex couples in every state have the freedom to marry.

The settlers of New England were the origin of the United States thanks to their commitment to freedom. I hope the current inhabitants of New England are the origin of the new United States committed to equality.

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