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Marriage Equality USA: Over 42 percent of Americans live in states that recognize same-sex relationships

image432722 Over 42 percent of Americans now live in states that legally recognize same-sex relationships, according to the group Marriage Equality USA.

With the enactment of full marriage equality in Washington state today, over 42% of Americans now live in the 21 states that offer some form of  legal recognition at the state level for same-sex relationships:  marriage equality (CT, DC, IA, MA, NH, NY, VT, WA); civil union (DE, HI, IL, NJ, RI); or domestic partnership (CA, CO, MD, ME, NV, NM, OR, WI).

Florida does not recognize same-sex marriage or domestic partnerships.

Click here to view the group's updated national marriage equality map.

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Does anyone remember in the 80s when right wingers rallied behind the motto, "Equal Rights Yes, Special Privileges No!" when they opposed non-discrimination laws aimed to protect gays and lesbians in housing and employment? Funny but now they wouldn't dare use that motto because their hypocrisy would show they would have to support equal rights in marriage for gay and lesbian citizens.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

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