Yet more green for our gay marriage map: woohoo for Maryland!
Unfortunately, it comes with a similar caveat as Washington’s recent gay marriage law; although this has been passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, it will not go into effect as planned in January 2013 if opponents can push through an anti-gay-marriage ballot question in November. The whiny bigots will be out collecting signatures for a ballot petition, and they’ve been known to use various deceitful techniques to trick people into signing their petitions. So if you live in Maryland, and anyone asks for your signature for a ballot petition, please be very sure of what you’re actually signing, and if in doubt, Just Say No.
Provided this piece of signed legislation does get enacted, based on the state populations from the 2010 US census data:
15.4% of people live in places where gay marriage is available.
26.2% 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.