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In the News: The map of gay marriage
Submitted by matty on Mon, 2012-05-07 11:41
With North Carolina set to vote Tuesday on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, Stateline has produced a terrific map and graphic on the gay marriage landscape.
Of the 33 times states have voted on gay marriage ballot measures since 1998, opponents of gay marriage have won 32 times. But the bulk of those votes took place between 1998 and 2006 -- and polls have shown increased support for same-sex marriage in recent years.
Aside from North Carolina, the issue will be tested in Minnesota later this year and possibly as many as four other states.
What's striking about the Stateline map is the coastal breakdown -- the tell-tale sign of the red state/blue state sensibilities. The states that allow gay marriage are clustered in the Northeast, with Maryland as a possible new addition. On the West Coast, Washington and California rank as states where same-sex marriage is designated as "in limbo."
Washington, like Maryland, will allow gay marriage unless voters overturn laws in November. In California, a federal court overturned the state's ban but an appeal is pending.
The entire interior of the nation does not allow gay marriage, with the exception of Iowa, where a 2009 state supreme court decision permitted it.