Efforts are ramping up in states across the South to pass marriage equality bills or initiatives. Equality on Trial reports:
ALABAMA: Longtime Democratic state Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery, who has repeatedly introduced legislation that would add crimes against people based on their sexual orientation to state hate crime laws, said he would support Todd and any legislative pushes to end the state’s prohibition.
ARKANSAS: The group’s proposal would repeal an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that voters approved in 2004 to ban same-sex marriage. The AG must certify the language of the proposal before the group can begin collecting the 78,133 signatures from registered voters needed to place it on the 2014 ballot.
MISSISSIPPI: In Mississippi, the Campaign for Southern Equality is launching the “We Do” Campaign this month. The effort is geared toward getting legislators on board to pass legislation backing marriage equality. Activists don’t anticipate political movement on the question, but they are fighting nonetheless.
These three states may be the first in the South to see action on marriage equality, but they won’t be the last. The writing is now on the wall.