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USA: This Map Explains Where We Are With Marriage Equality

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Buzzfeed is out with a great new map which shows the status of marriage equality by US Circuit Court district.

Buzzfeed Marriage Equality Map

Buzzfeed reports:

Advocates expect the Supreme Court to decide a case addressing same-sex couples’ marriage rights in the next few years. But to get there, cases have to be heard by lower courts first. With a rush of court filings since the Supreme Court ruled this past June striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages, lawyers and organizations have been racing and fighting to get a marriage case back to the high court. Trial court decisions started coming down on Dec. 20, 2013, and they haven’t stopped since. Here’s where things stand as of March 12 with cases that have reached a trial court decision and could eventually reach the Supreme Court.

Marriage Equality’s own Ned Flaherty has his own list of pending lawsuits here. he also recaps past lawsuits.

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USA: Where Are the Marriage Equality Lawsuits?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Marriage Equality Lawsuits

Here’s a handy map from Joe.My.God:

JMG reader Jeff took a stab at creating a map that includes the states with active marriage equality lawsuits. Embiggen the image or see it at his site.

Also check out Ned Flaherty’s great ongoing list here at MEUSA.

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USA: AFER Releases New Marriage Equality Map

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

AFER MapAFER has released a new map and a list detailing the current marriage equality initiatives going on around the US.

AFER reports:

After the historic Supreme Court victories in June that paved the way for marriage equality in California and for all legally married couples to receive federal benefits, there is renewed energy from coast to coast to increase the number of states where gay and lesbian couples can get married. Which will be the next state to allow gay and lesbian couples the freedom to get married? Here are the ones with active court cases, legislation and ballot initiatives that could expand the number of states with marriage equality.

It’s a great snapshot of just how many states are now in play for marriage equality.

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USA: Marriage Equality Facts and Figures

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Marriage Equality MapA number of organizations are putting out some updated facts and figures about marriage equqlity in the US in light of the Supreme Court rulings.

First off, we have an updated marriage map via Joe.My.God, Looks a lot like Jesusland, doesn’t it?

Over at Echelon, they report on a UCLA estimate of married same sex couples across the USA:

Of the nation’s approximately 114,000 legally married same-sex couples, the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute estimates that 76,000 couples live in states that recognize their marriages. While the remaining 38,000 couples may have married in a jurisdiction that extends marriage to same-sex couples, they no longer reside in a state that recognizes their union.

38,000 couples – that’s a lot of potential lawsuits in non-marriage equality states.

Over at CNN, they have a bunch of stats on the status of marriage equality in the US, including:

30.25% — The approximate percentage of the U.S. population affected by Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings after same-sex marriage laws take effect in Delaware (on July 1, 2013) and Minnesota and Rhode Island (on August 1, 2013).

And finally, The Dish reports on the slow increase in support among republicans and evangelicals:

According to Pew Research, Republican support for gay marriage has only crept up by a net-7 points since 2003, from 22-71 to 25-67. White evangelicals have moved a little quicker, but they still oppose by a 75-19 margin–a net-15 point improvement from 2003. In comparison, the public as a whole has shifted 30 points toward gay marriage–despite being held back by Republicans and evangelicals. Generational change isn’t helping very much, either. Just 30 percent of 18-34 year old evangelicals support gay marriage, which isn’t a huge improvement from the 25 percent who supported it in 2003. Young Republicans are a little more supportive of gay marriage than young evangelicals, but they still oppose gay marriage by 15 points, 39-54.

Can’t wait for the next national polling in the wake of the Supreme Court decisions.

USA: Updated Marriage Equality Time-Lapse Map

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Joe.My.God brought to our attention the latest version of the time-lapse gay marriage map. Enjoy:

USA: Marriage Equality Time-Lapse Map

New Marriage Equality Map

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Joe.My.God brought this new marriage quality map to our attention – it’s been updated to include France and New Zealand. Enjoy!


USA: New Map Shows Where You Can Be Fired for Being Gay

Monday, April 15th, 2013

A new map of the United States making the rounds shows the states where someone can be fired simply for being gay. But of course, it’s more complicated than that. Snopes reports:

USA: Fired for Being Gay

Some of those red states have laws which protect public (i.e. government) employee from sexual orientation discrimination (but not those who work in the private sector), some of those states have laws at county or city levels which protect employees in those local areas from such discrimination, and some of those states protect public employees from employment discrimination through means other than laws (e.g., executive orders, administrative orders, personnel regulations).

The Snopes article also includes a couple other maps that break down employment protections as a just across the country by state, and by county.

In related news, Towleroad reports that the Obama administration is moving very slowly on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, Which would extend protection nationwide:

While Obama’s advisers tout his record on the issue, they make clear that an executive order on federal contractors soon is unlikely, arguing that it would carry far less weight than broader congressional action. Legislation called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) lacks enough votes to become law. “We want to continue to advocate for legislation. We think that that’s the most robust way to accomplish what we want to accomplish,” White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told Reuters in an interview.

To be fair, such an action, although quick, could be easily undone the next time the presidency changes hands. Congressional action, though it seems unlikely right now, would be much harder to undo.

USA: New Time-Lapse Map Chronicles the Marriage Equality Fight

Friday, April 12th, 2013

USA Marriage Equality MapThere’s a cool new animated map of the USA showing the fight for marriage equality in the USA from 1970 to the present. The Atlantic Wire reports:

But what our map GIF shows is that this wave of support for gay rights follows two large anti-gay rights wave, first under President Bill Clinton and then under President George W. Bush. Dark gray above shows when states banned gay marriage statutorily. Black shows when states extra-banned it by constitutional amendment. Light red shows when a state adopted domestic partnerships or civil unions. Red shows states with gay marriage. The most recent entry on the map is Delaware, where legislation allowing gay marriage was introduced in the General Assembly on Thursday With Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat, supporting the bill and Democrats in control of the state legislature, the only thing keeping the First State from being the 10th state to have marriage equality will be if Illinois, Rhode Island, or Minnesota get there first.

Check out the link above for the map – it runs kinda fast, but it’s really cool.

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USA: Which States Still Ban Sodomy?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Ten years ago, the US Supreme Court declared sodomy laws invalid, but 14 states still have them on the books. Think Progress reports:

As Dana Liebelson reports, however, 14 states still have anti-sodomy laws on the books nearly a decade after the Supreme Court declared them unconstitutional. These include four states — Montana, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas — which specifically outlaw gay sex, in addition to ten other states outlawing oral or anal sex between any two partners. In 2011, Tim Murphy mapped this out.

Are they hoping that these laws will one day come back into fashion, like skinny ties or bell-bottom jeans?


USA: A Map to Go With that New Marriage Equality Poll

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Remember that new state-by-state marriage equality poll we told you about yesterday from UCLA? Queerty has a map to go with it, showing each state’s numbers:


Despite increased support for same-sex marriage across the country, research revealed a 31% disparity between the lowest level of support found in a state (Louisiana/Arkansas, 31%) and the highest (Washington, D.C., 62%).

The worst states are pretty consistenly across the south, with the exception of Utah (which is Mormon ground zero). And one of the states with one of the highest levels of support, Oregon, still doesn’t have marriage equality. Though that may change soon.

It’s also interesting that California’s pegged at just 50%, when a recent poll put support there showed support at 67%.

Still, it’s encouraging.