Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

May for Marriage: The Big Reason to Remember This Month in 2013, by the Numbers

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

May for Marriage: The Big Reason to Remember This Month in 2013, by the Numbers

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May 2013 may well go down in history as a tipping-point month for marriage in America. In the first half of the month alone, three states legalized marriage equality: Rhode Island on May 2, Delaware on May 7, and Minnesota on May 14. This now means all of New England welcomes gay nuptials. Additionally, Colorado began issuing civil union licenses to same-sex couples May 1.

Minnesota marks the 12th state--plus Washington D.C.--to embrace marriage equality, and that has direct consequences for the hundreds of thousands in committed relationships. More than 2 million LGBT people, and 18% of all American citizens now reside in states where they can marry the person they love.

According to The Advocate's estimate, that results in a staggering 2,131,045 LGBT people. Our numbers are gleaned from U.S. Census population data, compared with data from a 2012 Gallup poll conducted with the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, which gauged the percentage of self-identified LGBT adults in each state.

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The path rarely runs smoothly, however. For LGBT activists in Illinois there was disappointment at the end of May, when lawmakers failed to make it the 13th state to enact marriage equality. …

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