Marriage Equality Now Expanding Out From New England (VIDEO)

First it was Massachusetts. Then it was Connecticut. Then Vermont, New Hampshire and eventually Maine followed suit. Now the freedom to marry is expanding out of New England to create an ever-expanding "region of equality" blanketing more and more states.

After a day of rallies and lobbying in Minnesota, organizers are closer than ever to overturning the state's marriage ban. Ohio and New Jersey have ever-improving poll numbers. And although it didn't make headlines, Illinois is making progress toward turning its civil unions into full marriage rights.

But while the states grapple with their patchwork of laws, other countries are quickly advancing ahead of America. After New Zealand lawmakers passed a marriage bill last week, France, Uruguay, Colombia and Vietnam all made strides of their own.