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32% of US Citizens Covered by Couple Recognition

Timothy Kincaid

May 29th, 2008

With the announcement by Governor Paterson of New York that his state would enact policies to recognize out of state same-sex marriages (in accordance with a court ruling), the gay citizens of the first and third largest states now can rest assured that their state government will honor their marriages.

Though same-sex marriages may (as of June 17th) take place only in Massachusetts and California, such marriages are now recognized in New York and (perhaps) Rhode Island. In total 63 million Americans, or 20.7%, live in marriage recognition states.

States that allow all or nearly all of the attributes of marriage under some other name, New Jersey, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Oregon, contribute another 18 million, or 5.9%. Those who offer limited recognition, Washington, Maine, Hawaii, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, have populations totaling 15 million or 5.0%.

In total 31.6% of US residents are able to avail themselves of protections for their same-sex families.

The sky hasn’t fallen.

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Jarred
May 29th, 2008 | LINK

Correction: It’s Governor Paterson, not Patrick.

Timothy Kincaid
May 29th, 2008 | LINK

YIKES…. so true. I confused MA Governor Deval Patrick with NY Governor David Paterson.

Thanks.

Cate
May 31st, 2008 | LINK

That’s great! But I often wonder what will happen as the gap between the best states and the worst states continues to widen.

UAFA NOW
June 1st, 2008 | LINK

I would like to argue that 0.00% of gay U.S. citizens have true couples recognition until federal benefits are obtained. REPEAL DOMA!!!

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