Social Regionalism

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domino effect.jpegWith all the hoopla over California’s Proposition 8, it went largely unnoticed that on election day Washington joined Oregon in permitting physician-assisted suicide. Now a judge in the nearly adjoining state of Montana has found that Montanans enjoy a state constitutional right to do the same. At the same time, and with the lack of commotion that usually characterizes the Land of Steady Habits, Connecticut, having joined its more rambunctious neighbor immediately to the north in permitting same-sex marriages, voted down a constitutional convention that might have done away with them. New York, for its part, now recognizes even if it will not (yet) perform them, while Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Jersey have put civil union laws on the books. Call it the domino effect of social change in America.