As an Oregonian and LGBTQ ally, a recent article in the Huffington Post gave me a great deal of hope, especially after the results of the 2012 election. Three states Washington, Maine, and Maryland made history this past Tuesday by legalizing same sex marriage. They will join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and the District of Columbia in legalizing same-sex marriges. Additional states recognize same-sex marriages if performed in another state, while some others recognize same-sex marriage on a conditional basis.
Though Oregon is usually a front runner in progressive views, the state decided to wait to put same-sex marriage on the ballot until 2014. House Democratic Leader Tina Kotek has the chance to be Oregon’s next House Speaker, “which would make her the first openly lesbian speaker in the country” – according to the Huffington Post. Though is was not considered the “right” time for this election, I have a great deal of hope that the 2014 ballot will receive significant voter support due to the recent state approvals of same-sex marriage. The amount of LGBTQ support presented through new media forms and initiatives and the rising numbers of allies will encourage the growth of support for same-sex marriage throughout the United States. With my great opportunity to vote, I am looking forward to my chance to support same-sex marriage for Oregon in 2014. Moreover, I look forward to supporting same-sex marrige with my vote throughout the entire United States.