A wave of change is hitting the nation. Last June, New York became the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage under the Marriage Equality Act, making a precedent setting move and bringing further attention to the much discussed and debated issue. Now, just this Wednesday, President Obama became the first leader of the country to endorse legalizing same-sex marriage, stating “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married” (ABC News interview, May 9, 2012). According to an ABC Political Analysis, some advisers “pointing to rapidly changing public views of gay rights, say Obama has more to gain than lose by the move.”
This infographic created by Column Five in collaboration with GOOD, looks at how attitudes toward marriage are changing across the nation. It details the current position of each state on the issue as well as the stance of the public and political parties. With the recent gay marriage ban by North Carolina, in the midst of what appears to be ever growing support for legalization nationwide, only time will tell if wedding bells will be ringing for same-sex couples in your state soon.
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