The state legislature of Vermont has just voted to extend the right to marry, to homosexual couples. Meanwhile in Iowa, the state supreme Court has ruled that denying gays the right to marry is unconstitutional. If you believe Andrew Sullivan, then the floodgates have opened in America and gays are finally nearing the promised land that is full equality. However, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight predicts that it will take a little longer for some of the deep south states to vote in favour. His model says that Mississippi would not liberalise until 2024.
Predictably, there is a backlash from the socially conservative segment in American society. The most intellectually inept I have seen comes from Michael Savage at WorldNet Daily:
There is a rising tide of pink fascism in this country, and it comes as a result of the election of Barack Hussein Obama.
The I think the ‘Hussain’ meme, which implies that the President is a secret Muslim, offers increasingly diminishing returns. That some columnists in America are still earnestly deploying it is quite, quite sad. However, to use it in the same sentence as the ‘pink fascism’ slur makes no sense whatsoever.