Congratulations and thank you to voters in Maine and Maryland and Washington who passed ballot questions yesterday to allow gay marriage in your states! Thank you for the equality it brings to your residents. And thank you for now making it impossible for anti-gay bigots to whine that gay marriage has never passed when it’s put to a full vote of the people. You are the people, and you spoke up for families like mine.
Thank you also to voters in Minnesota who defeated a constitutional ban on gay marriage in your state.
Having four gay marriage wins last night is wonderful, especially in contrast to Prop 8 in California four years ago. And there is still more work to be done. Because at this point, based on the state populations from the 2010 US census data:
15.7% of people live in places where gay marriage is available.
25.7% 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.