Maryland's marriage equality bill--affirmed in the November referendum--took effect just after the New Year rang in.
And, a few short days into 2013, there is more action at the state level.
A marriage bill is expected to be introduced in Rhode Island tomorrow, the opening day of their 2013 General Assembly session. If it succeeds, all of the New England states will be in the equality column.
In Illinois, things are moving even faster. Hearings are expected to begin as early as tonight on a marriage equality bill that could get a vote within days, before their current legislative session ends on January 8. The marriage proposal has the support of President Obama and Governor Pat Quinn. Equality advocates are confident of the votes in the Senate and believe they are within "striking distance" in the House. More on the chances in Illinois from the New Yorker:
It would sure be great to keep up the momentum as we settle into the New Year.