Everybody has gotten real excited about the Massachusetts legislatures refusal to put gay marriage on the ballot in 2008. Mass. resident Andrew Sullivan says marriage equality has come to America for good.

Yes, in many, many states, we have been locked out of equality for a generation, because of the politics of fear and backlash. But look how far we’ve come. From a viral holocaust to full equality – somewhere in America, in the commonwealth where American freedom was born. In two decades. This is history. What a privilege to have witnessed it.

My goodness, I feel a little bad for being underwhelmed here in the Palmetto State regarding the victory. But it’s important to put the victory in context. This was the second of two required votes to get this thing on the ballot, requiring 50 votes of support each time. The first crack provided 62 votes, but this second vote only had 45. Not only is that 15 short of the vote just last year, it’s a loss of more than 25 percent of those who supported this measure the first time.

Dan Savage notes a New York Times piece that points to gays and lesbians changing minds one at a time.

One legislator who switched his vote was Representative Paul Kujawski, Democrat of Uxbridge, saying meetings with gay and lesbian constituents convinced him that “I couldn’t take away the happiness those people have been able to enjoy.”

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