Saturday, June 29, 2013

GRAPHIC: Rapid Increase In Populations Living With Marriage Equality

Nate Silver crunches the numbers and creates some graphics to depict the rapid increase in the number of people who are living in countries with marriage equality, in the United States and around the World.
By Aug. 1, same-sex marriage will be legal in California, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Washington — all states where it was not legal one year earlier. 
There are about 59 million people living in these seven states, which means that the availability of same-sex marriage in the United States as a percentage of population will have more than doubled within the year. As of early last year, same-sex marriage was legal only in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and the District of Columbia, which have 35 million people among them. 
The availability of same-sex marriage is increasing almost as rapidly on a global scale. It was legalized in Brazil and France earlier this year and will become legal in Uruguay and New Zealand by August. 
Earlier this year, France, with a population of about 64 million, became the largest European country to legalize same-sex marriage, and the largest in the world to do so by legislative action
By August, there will be about 585 million people living in countries or jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is legal. That is roughly double the 289 million people living in such places in August 2012.
His worldwide numbers depend on the question of how widespread marriage equality is available in Brazil, with its 139 million residents. Silver has a nice graphic depicting the growth in marriage equality worldwide as well:

He also points out that with California joining the ranks of marriage equality states (as it did yesterday!) by the end of August there will be a higher percentage of Americans living under marriage equality (95 million out of 314 million, or 30 percent) than Europeans (169 million residents out of 736 million, or 23 percent).

Hat/tip to Five Thirty Eight

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