America is an interesting place. California gets ready for same-sex marriages and will be the first US state to grant licenses to couples from any state; yet, in November Californians will vote on whether to amend the State constitution in order to define marriage as the legal union between a man and a woman. Governor Schwarzenegger, after vetoing twice legislation that would have legalized gay marriage, is now saying that, despite his personal views, he does not oppose the State Supreme Court ruling allowing it, and appears to view the wave of coming weddings as a much-needed shot in the arm for California’s economy.
California joins Massachussetts, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain and South Africa in the list of places where it is legal for same-sex couples to get married. None of these places had same-sex marriages as little as twelve years ago, when The Economist published its “Let Them Wed” cover story, arguing for marriage rights on grounds of the benefits to society.
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