After Ten Years, 51% Of Americans Live In States With Legal Same-Sex Marriage

German Lopez at Vox notes that, as of June 1st, when same-sex marriages began in Illinois, 51% of the population of the U.S. now lives in a state where same-sex marriage is legal.

David Mendoza created this animated GIF to show just how much things have changed over the past ten years:

Animated Marriage GIF

Something tells me it won’t take ten years for the remaining 49% of America to be included in that map.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Jeremy says:

    “B-B-B-But how can it be so popular when it constantly gets voted down in ballots?”

    Yes, that is a conservative argument against this. Although I use the term “argument” loosely.

  2. DrDaveT says:

    So on average I can now marry half a man? Which half?