California may see a large percentage of its single, upwardly motivated and mobile population head eastward, along with their bank accounts, tax dollars, and businesses for friendlier shores. When Iowa beat out the once gay-friendliest state of the nation in passing its gay marriage legislation, many thought that Proposition 8 was their “last straw” and predicted a mass exodus. Though many are holding out out of loyalty, just as many, if not more, are getting ready to pack their bags. Gays and lesbians have more of an advantage in terms of liquid available cash, and a tendency to spend it on vacations, businesses, and causes that are gay-friendlier in places that are more gay-friendly.
Strangely enough, New England seems more and more recently to be fitting the bill.
So far five states have legalized gays to legally marry, and Maine, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts have joined Iowa in the Midwest. Vermont was so committed to the cause that they even overrode the governor’s veto! Once considered to be the most open and welcoming state in the union, California is poised to lose a great deal, especially with New Hampshire poised to become the sixth.
New England has a common culture with media outlets that share regions, so it’s logical that it would move as a group. Though Rhode Island seems to be the lone holdout, legislation is said to be pending, though it isn’t probable that it will make it to its governor’s desk this year.
Many East Coast leaders assert that the rest of the country has gradually figured out that after Massachusetts passed their law in 2004 allowing gays to marry, our sacred union hasn’t turned into Sodom and Gomorrah, nor has Western civilization fallen to the heathens.
As for Maine, Governor John Baldacci lost no time and signed the bill seemingly before the ink dried Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Maine’s Senate Majority Leader Phillip Bartlett asserts that the long overdue legislation won’t force religious institutions to recognize gay marriage, which has always been an ultra-right wing “bogeyman” thrown out to derail past efforts.