Some more green for our gay marriage map: woohoo for Washington!
Unfortunately, it comes with a caveat; although this has been passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, it will not go into effect as planned on June 7 if the gay marriage opponents come up with enough signatures for a ballot petition against it before then. I guess everything we learned as kids from Schoolhouse Rock about “How a Bill Becomes a Law” can now be trumped by a bunch of whiny bigots. In other states, gay marriage opponents have tricked people into signing their ballot petitions by lying about what they’re collecting signatures for, or by showing people the text of a different ballot proposal and then asking for signatures on a separate sheet of paper which is not fully displayed. There’s no reason to believe the whiny bigots are any less likely to be lying con artists this time around. So if you live in Washington state, and anyone asks for your signature for a ballot petition between now and June 6, please don’t sign. Families just like mine in Washington will really appreciate it.
Provided this piece of signed legislation does get enacted, based on the state populations from the 2010 US census data:
13.5% of people live in places where gay marriage is available.
28.0% of people live in places where civil unions or domestic partnerships are available.
58.4% of people live in places which do not offer any mechanism for gay and lesbian couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationships.