16 of the 18 passed their laws in 2012. Utah in 2013. The District of Columbia passed a law that will take effect today, January 1st, 2014. The graph line is trending sharply upward.
So, yes. It is just a matter of time. And that's a good thing. And the states who have passed laws recognizing same-sex marriages are the ones with high population, so those 18 states plus the District of Columbia represent about 50% of the US population. Around 50% of Americans now live in a state where same-sex marriage is legal and respected. And if polls are accurate, young people nationwide support this, so the number will just keep increasing.
Will I be a "winner"? No, because I'm not playing any game. The winners will be the people, those who are no longer oppressed and those who no longer are oppressors. I feel happiness for all the same-sex couples that will finally be able to enjoy the rights and benefits that other have enjoyed. I wish them all well. Good for them!
I'll take my chances with the so-called "accounting". The type of god who enjoys people's suffering is not really my sort of deity anyway. If I was going to worship any god, I'd pick one that seemed to me to have good morals.
(shrug) I know it's difficult for you to comprehend how anyone could not see god and the universe exactly as you do, but nevertheless, there are folks who just don't see it your way.
I have no worries about being punished forever by a nasty cruel demon-god who broods and sulks and curses and murders those who piss him off. At one time, I might have gotten hooked by a religion with a loving, merciful, helpful, kind deity, but it seems that ship has sailed. Your god, as you describe him, is not attractive to me, nor do I feel that his actions as you describe them are worthy of true deity.
You take some sort of pleasure and comfort in imagining me burning in hell for thinking this way, and that's the true sad thing. You've completely bought into the fierce, vengeful, demonic "god" with all his hellfire and disease and obsession with sin. All the attributes of vengeance, cruelty, hatred, jealousy, mocking, punishing, murdering, causing disease and famine on a whim... why would anyone worship that, except perhaps out of abject fear?
5 years ago, 1 state. 2012, 17 states. 2013, 18 states. 2014, 19 and counting. Half the country can already receive a same-sex marriage where they live. And the young people of the country, who support same-sex marriage in a large majority, will eventually be the bulk of the voting public. This change seems inevitable. Good.