The States Most Likely to Legalize Gay Marriage Next
Keep your eye on Illinois, New Jersey, and Hawaii
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2013 6:01 PM CDT
Larry Pascua carries a rainbow flag at a celebration for the US Supreme Court's rulings on Prop. 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)

(Newser) – With gay marriage back in California, gay rights activists are now looking ahead to the next battleground states, reports NBC News. So which states can we expect to see take up the fight now? Your best bets, according to advocates: Illinois almost passed legislation this year, and might have a second try in October; New Jersey might try to override Chris Christie's gay marriage bill veto, or put it on the ballot in the fall, and seven gay couples are taking it to court in August; and in Hawaii, gay marriage bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate, while advocates are also fighting in federal court.

Further into the future, Oregon could overturn its constitutional ban on gay marriage with a vote in the November 2014 election. Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, and Ohio might also be able to repeal their states' bans at that same election, but may hold off until the 2016 Presidential election, when turnout will be higher. Nevada won't be voting until at least 2016, and New Mexico is also an outside chance, with a court case that could be decided in 2014.

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Jul 2, 2013 6:39 PM CDT
Where in the California constitution or other 52 books of state laws make same sex marriage legal? Only law that addresses this is Family Law Section 297.0 and 297.5 Registered domestic Partners. This gives same sex couples the same rights as non-gay and non lesbian couples. These two laws have been in effect for over 15 years and applied only to California not Federal benefits. Now that law will be thrown out by the legislature as invalid and unconstitutional. What's also interesting is that all these newly married same sex couples are planning to refile tax returns and attempt to claim back taxes for as much as three years back. In my opinion this is illegal because they can only claim as a joint filer for the length of time they were married. They will have a big surprise when the IRS goes after them for filing false tax returns in an attempt to get larger refunds for years they were not married. Only those that were married prior to Prop 8 and before the stay will be considered for this by the IRS.
Jul 2, 2013 3:13 PM CDT
I know you are watching ,you knights of political correctness , but first of all - California does not legalize gay marriage at all ,the Prop 8 is a law of land and the majority of people came to a only logical conclusion : the marriage in it 's essence is a agreement between male and female to join under the umbrella of the society , mainly for protection of their children. To procreate is the only purpose of the official institution of marriage and no other is needed. Any other kinds of cooperation between the sexes can be , and very often is, achieved without the institution of marriage. If the noisy members of so called "rainbow " group truly wanted nothing more then equality in a sense of being treated the same as anyone by the State ,financially mostly ,protected from physical attacks or anything else the State can claim as being under it's jurisdiction ,the opposition of general public - to such request- would have been minimal . But just like in Bosnia ,even when 90% of population of all groups has no need for violent attacks on imaginery "the other" in days of media primitivism , enforced political correctness and automatic weapons the blood will flow. and countries ,lives and truth is the victim . The typicall innocent bystanders get hurt while zombies swallow up our happiness. And sentimentality is not love ,only search for love brings understanding through tolerance and awareness.
Jul 2, 2013 3:02 PM CDT
The next probable step is to be sure that people in same sex marriages, regardless where they were married, will be eligible for federal benefits in whatever state they choose to live. After that, those Neanderthal states who refuse to join the 21st century will be dragged into it.