Woohoo for Oregon! And woohoo for the couples who have already married there, following yesterday’s ruling to overturn that state’s ban on gay marriage. As Judge McShane said, “I believe that if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families. Families who we would expect our Constitution to protect, if not exalt, in equal measure. With discernment we see not shadows lurking in closets or the stereotypes of what was once believed; rather we see families committed to the common purpose of love, devotion, and service to the greater community.”
Those families are now celebrating.
44.7% of people live in places where same-sex married couples have all the same state and federal rights as opposite-sex married couples.
4.3% of people live in places where civil unions or domestic partnerships offer state-level rights only.
51.0% of people live in places which do not offer any mechanism for gay and lesbian couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationships.
Quick note about how I’m handling the maps and record-keeping, in case anyone is wondering why Idaho hasn’t gotten a recent mention: states in which same-sex marriages are permitted, or in which they have been permitted long enough for some couples to get married but were later halted pending an appeal, are counted as green. States in which bans are overturned but the decisions are immediately stayed pending appeal, such that nobody actually manages to get married, are not colored green and do not get a Woohoo! post.