A few more days, another appellate court decision, a few more legal wranglings to tie up loose ends — and now same-sex marriages have begun in West Virginia, and Nevada has begun issuing marriage licenses, with the rest of the holdouts in the 9th circuit (Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Arizona) expected to follow. Woohoo! What an amazing week this has been for marriage equality — an additional 16 states where marriages have either begun or are expected to be possible imminently.
I’m especially pleased to remove the yellow category from my map, of states that offered only civil unions or domestic partnerships.
65.3% of people live in places where same-sex married couples have all the same state and federal rights as opposite-sex married couples.
34.7% of people live in places where same-sex marriages are not recognized by the state.