Maine and New Hampshire have joined the ranks of states allowing gay marriage. There are now 6 states that allow gay marriage: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Iowa. The California Supreme Court is set to rule imminently on whether Prop 8 was constitutional. States that already recognize domestic partner rights include New Jersey, California, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia.

When CNN ran a similar story, they cited a poll that was interesting:

A slim majority of Americans are against legal recognition for same-sex marriage, CNN polling found last month. Fifty-four percent of adults questioned in an April 23-26 nationwide CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll said marriages between gay or lesbian couples should not be recognized as valid, while 44 percent said they should be considered legal.

But there was a huge gap between the opinions of younger and older people, with younger people far more likely to approve of gay marriage.

Nearly 6 in 10 people ages 18 to 34 said same-sex marriages should be legal. Just over 4 in 10 people ages 35 to 49 agreed. Numbers were similar for 50- to 64-year olds, while only 24 percent of people 65 and older agreed.

This tells me that as the population ages, at some point, gay marriage will be a non-issue.

I find it fascinating that the Blue states of New England all allow gay marriage except Rhode Island – these six states account for ~15M people of 5% of the US population. Why? Besides being fairly liberal, I think that these states have seen that with gay marriage allowed in Massachusetts over the last few years, no large detrimental effects have occurred. If you figure that NY will likely follow the New England states and it is possible that Prop 8 gets thrown out in California, you now have ~25% of the population living in states that allow gay marriage – it increases to 30% if you include states that recognize domestic partnerships. In my mind, this comes close to being the tipping point where the other states then either allow gay marriage or allow domestic partner benefits.

So are the opponents to gay rights tiring? Possibly, given the battleground has now expanded to many more states – at some point they will run out of time, money and energy – I hope that happens soon as I am sickened by the amount of energy and money that people have spent fighting something that, in my mind, is inevitable, guarantees equal rights (a la the Constitution), and has caused a lot of divisiveness, even within the Church. It is time to move on.