By Connor Cavanaugh
One out of every three Americans currently live in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, and this number is about to rise even higher when Illinois governor Pat Quinn signs a bill into law, legalizing same-sex marriage in the state of Illinois.
Illinois will be the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage after the sate senate voted to pass the legalizing bill. However, it remains to be seen how this will affect the fight for equal rights in other states.
“Nationally, there might not be significant ramifications, however those who voted against their constituency on this bill may face repercussions come re-election,” said Carrie Eaves, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Elon University.
Students at Elon also feel as though change is coming, but slower than they might like.
“I think it’s going to take a while, but it’s necessary to do because it is holding our society back and holding peoples’ rights hostage,” said Kyle Stewart, an Elon junior from Southborough, Mass.
“It should be legal in all states,” said Nakhila Mistry, an Elon senior from San Antonio, Tx. “The more states that legalize gay marriage, the more quickly it will spread to other states around the country.”
In North Carolina, same-sex marriage proponents still have a long way to go before it is legalized. Amendment 1, voted on and passed by citizens in May of 2012, declares same-sex marriage unconstitutional in the state of North Carolina.
Will North Carolina pass a new law legalizing same-sex marriage any time soon?
“In the immediate future, no,” said Eaves. “North Carolina is controlled by conservatives now, even though we are still considered a swing state, so I don’t see any immediate change.”
“It’ll be a while before it is legalized in North Carolina,” said Mistry. “But I’m pretty sure Texas will be the last state to allow same-sex marriage.”