Wednesday, May 15, 2013
More than 1 in 5 same-sex couples live in states where they can marry; Compared to 1 in 20 in 2009
Today, with the passage of marriage equality legislation in Minnesota, 18% of the entire U.S. population and 22% of same-sex couples now live in the 12 states, and the District of Columbia, where same-sex couples can legally marry. In 2009, only 3% of the U.S. population and 5% of same-sex couples lived in marriage equality states.
If Illinois extended marriage to same-sex couples, and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Prop. 8 in California, more than 4 in 10 same-sex couples (or 41%) would live in the 14 states and the District of Columbia where they could legally get married. Thirty-four percent of the entire U.S. population would also live in marriage equality states.
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