Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | May 7, 2009

East Coast takes the lead

Yesterday, Maine’s governor signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. New Hampshire’s legislature passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which awaits its governor’s signature. And the Washington, D.C. council passed a bill recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

Whew!

As CNN reports, this leaves “Rhode Island as the only other New England state without legislation in favor of the issue.”

Opposite-sex couples can move freely throughout the United States without risking the rights and benefits that come with a recognized marriage. Same-sex couples don’t enjoy that ability.

While marriage equality supporters have much to celebrate, much work remains, as this map from NPR shows.

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