Well there was big news today in regards to rights for same-sex couples. Vermont's legislature was able to override their governor's veto and became the fourth state to legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples, and Washington DC's council voted to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in other states. Add on to that the unanimous decision from Iowa's supreme court that struck down their same-sex marriage ban, and it has been quite an exciting two weeks.
What I am hoping for is that it will light a fire under the Maryland legislature to extend civil marriage rights to same-sex couples as well. For a state that has called itself "The Freedom State" it is starting to fall behind when it comes to rights. The other thing I think we could see is a re-examination of the Federal Defense Of Marriage Act. With a big part of the Federal government being in DC, and if the surrounding area such as Maryland and some Northern Virginia counties extend civil marriage rights, there will be a lot of unhappy federal workers if their employer continues to deny them their rights. It would finally start putting more pressure on the Federal government to re-examine this outdated law.
For now though, I am just sitting back and watching to see where things go next.