Dick Polman (emphasis added):
Late yesterday (he wrote this Thursday–ed.), New Hampshire legalized gay marriage. This development didn’t get big play online or in print, mainly because we’ve already reached the point where it’s no longer deemed big news when a new state stands up for equal rights.
New Hampshire became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage, but we should at least pause to note the significance of this news. New Hampshire is a former Republican bastion – or, as we used to say a generation ago, “a rock-ribbed” Republican bastion – that has now become a swing state dominated by its burgeoning population of independent voters. Increasingly, New Hampshire’s elected leaders act in ways that mirror the mood of those independent voters.
Like I said, “Done deal.”