2013 was an incredible year for the marriage equality movement. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down. Prop 8 was struck down, allowing California to—finally!—be among the handful of states that granted same-sex marriages.
And 2014 appears to be following suit: In the past week, governors, senators, and legal officials in Virginia and Montana made headlines for their continued fight for equality. And on Monday, Oregon struck down its same-sex marriage ban. Followed by Pennsylvania doing the same on Tuesday. Two for two days! Unfortunately, the trend didn't continue with, say, Mississippi on Wednesday, Florida on Thursday, and Texas today. But progress is progress. And look! Love is winning:
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane struck down the ban on same-sex marriage in Oregon on the basis of discrimination. McShane explained, "We can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families."
1. Julie Engbloom and Laurie Brown in Oregon: