Thanks to Tuesday’s votes establishing marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State, one in five U.S. same-sex couples now live in a state where they can legally marry, according to the Williams Institute.
The institute’s analysis of 2010 Census data indicates that there are approximately 35,000 same-sex couples in those three states. The votes this week mean that nine states and the District of Columbia now have marriage equality, and 20% of the same-sex couples in the nation live in those jurisdictions, the institute reports.
If the U.S. Supreme Court affirms or lets stand a federal appeals court decision striking down California’s anti-equality Proposition 8, 35% of same-sex couples in the U.S. will live in states where they can marry, the institute notes.
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