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State of the Civil Union
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mudcub
The announcement of civil unions in Illinois this week is bigger news than you might think. Illinois is the 5th most populous state in the US, and Chicago is the 3rd biggest metropolitan area. With the addition of Illinois, now over 37% of all Americans live in a state with civil unions or full marriage rights. An additional 6% Americans live in a state with at least domestic partnerships.

Marriage

Sure, we will work on the other 57% of the population, but until then, having gay rights recognized in over four-fifths of the population and two-fifths of the states is a sign of progress and the people fighting for equality should be congratulated.


                Population	Percent	Out of

Full marriage rights
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Connecticut	 3,518,288	1.15%	306,406,893
Iowa		 3,007,856	0.98%	306,406,893
Massachusetts	 6,593,587	2.15%	306,406,893
New Hampshire	 1,324,575	0.43%	306,406,893
Vermont		   621,760	0.20%	306,406,893
Washington DC	   599,657	0.20%	306,406,893
(Subtotal)	15,665,723	5.11%	306,406,893
			
Recognize marriages from other states
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New York	19,541,453	 6.38%	306,406,893
New Jersey	 8,707,739	 2.84%	306,406,893
Maryland	 5,699,478	 1.86%	306,406,893
Rhode Island	 1,053,209	 0.34%	306,406,893
(Subtotal)	35,001,879	11.42%	306,406,893
			
Full civil unions
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Illinois	12,910,409	 4.21%	306,406,893
Vermont		   621,760	 0.20%	306,406,893
California	36,961,664	12.06%	306,406,893
Oregon		 3,825,657	 1.25%	306,406,893
Washington	 6,664,195	 2.17%	306,406,893
Nevada		 2,643,085	 0.86%	306,406,893
(Subtotal)	63,626,770	20.77%	306,406,893
			
Domestic partnerships
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Hawaii		 1,295,178	0.42%	306,406,893
Maine		 1,318,301	0.43%	306,406,893
Maryland	 5,699,478	1.86%	306,406,893
Colorado	 5,024,748	1.64%	306,406,893
Wisconsin	 5,654,774	1.85%	306,406,893
(Subtotal)	18,992,479	6.20%	306,406,893
			
(Civil union or marriage subtotal)
		114,294,372	37.30%	306,406,893

(Total all)	133,286,851	43.50%	306,406,893

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"Progress happens quickly, no matter how long it takes."

Old Russian saying.

Yes it will happen eventually all over. Lets hope quicker rather than later

The Federal government still doesn't recognize these "marriages", thanks to DOMA.

Chuck

Andrew Sullivan wrote a book something like ten years ago in which he stated that full civil rights for gay people ought to be a core Republican value. He proposed two key issues in the struggle for full equality: gay marriage and the right to serve in the military.

Slowly but surely, as it has been over the past several decades, it is happening, despite fucked-up reactionary Republicans.

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