InfoGraphic: The United States of Marriage Equality

Gay marriage maps have been lighting up over the past few weeks.

freedom to marry infographic

This is what marriage equality looks like now that Hawaii and New Jersey have become the most recent states to legalize gay marriage. The new additions make 16 same-sex marriage states, which, according to CNN, means that “more than 1 in 3 Americans live where same-sex marriage is legal. It’s a dramatic shift in a short period of time — one not seen on other social issues.”

The infographic from Freedom to Marry sadly shows Pennsylvania not only almost completely surrounded by winners, but on a bottom rung with states that have “neither relationship recognition nor a constitutional amendment.” The org also shares some enlightening statistics on our state and beyond:

  • According to The Williams Institute’s analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 22,336 same-sex couples are living in Pennsylvania, representing 4.5 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
  • In Pennsylvania, 39 percent of the population say they believe marriage should be legal for same-sex couples, with 48 percent opposed. Last fall, the spread was 36-52.
  • Over 35 percent of the U.S. population lives in a state that either has the freedom to marry or honors out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples.
  • Over 41 percent of the U.S. population lives in a state with either marriage or a broad legal status such as civil union or domestic partnership.
  • Over 43 percent of the U.S. population lives in a state that provides some form of protections for gay couples.

Source: Freedom to Marry

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  • Thom

    Whether you side with the gay activists/allies working for equal access to civil marriage (getting a marriage license from one’s county clerk is a civil right), or the religious/conservatives who believe that homosexuality is a sin (not all do), it seems all of us could benefit from forgiveness and reconciliation.
    All of us want to be happy, no one wants to suffer, if you act with that in mind, then it will be a good thing. I look forward to a time when our country can live with more ‘cultural peace’ and less ‘cultural war’. We will be a better country for it.

  • Oregon and Nevada should be green on your map, since their “domestic partnerships” are legally the same as civil unions (the statutes say that all state laws referencing marriage also apply to domestic partnerships). This is also the case in California.

    Wisconsin also has “domestic partnerships” but they’re extremely limited and mostly apply to end-of-life decisionmaking.

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  • Frank

    I want to say all states need to allow gay marrieds

  • max

    Graphics like these are SO hard for color-blind people like me to read.