Watch The Slow Progress of Marriage Equality In One GIF
As of now 16 states have legalized gay marriage, 33 states still ban it either because of their constitution or state laws, and then we have New Mexico with no professed opinion either way (although some counties have started issuing marriage licenses in recent months).
The above GIF shows developments in the fight for marriage equality from 1973-2014. While it looks black at first, the pink and purple start creeping in there to give us hope.
Gay marriage in Hawaii goes into effect in December, Illinois in June 2014 and Oregon now recognizes out of state marriage. So maybe New Mexico should stop watching re-runs of Breaking Bad for five minutes and sack up in the fight for marriage equality. What do you say?
this gif is a good reminder of the fact that marriage equality victories were preceded by an enormous wave of same-sex marriage bans—not the other way around. the fight for same-sex marriage became the major movement it is today not because lgbt activists decided it was critically important but largely because paranoid conservatives forced the issue and activists were compelled to fight back (and the media—run overwhelmingly by straight people—focused a lot of attention on it because it was, and is, scandalous to straight audiences). it’s not wrong to criticize the disproportionate prioritization of same-sex marriage—on the contrary—but i think this is important context to remember when we do.