If N.Y. bill passes, over 11% of Americans would be eligible for same-sex marriage
Opponents of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York gathered in the state capitol building Monday.
June 20th, 2011
10:41 PM ET

If N.Y. bill passes, over 11% of Americans would be eligible for same-sex marriage

Should New York become the sixth state to grant same-sex marriage licenses, it would more than double the U.S. population eligible to enter such a union.

Five states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire - and the District of Columbia currently grant same-sex marriage licenses. The combined population of those states and D.C. is 15,712,015, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau for 2010.

The New York state Senate passed the same-sex marriage bill on Friday. It will go to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature.

With the official U.S. population at 308,745,538, that means 5.08% of the population of America is eligible - upon meeting a state's age and other legal requirements - to marry a person of the same sex.

New York's population in the 2010 census is 19,378,102. With same-sex marriage legal in New York, that would more than double the number of people eligible to 35,090,117.

That means 11.37% of the U.S. population would then be living in a state that grants same-sex marriage licenses.

Here are the 2010 population figures for the five states and District of Columbia:

Connecticut - 3,574,097
District of Columbia - 601,723
Iowa - 3,046,355
Massachusetts - 6,547,629
New Hampshire - 1,316,470
Vermont - 625,741

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    This is the only life anybody will ever live.
    Don't be waiting for Twelve Gates to the City and gold-paved streets: it's Now or Never.
    If you're waiting to wear the Cullinan II and the Black Prince's (spinel) Ruby in your crown because you bashed gay men and les-
    bians right up to the day you died, and donated your last mite unto Him, the bad news is this: you have missed out on the only life you'll ever see.
    Get it here.
    That's all there is.
    "Is That All There Is?"
    Yep.
    No Heaven.
    No God.
    This is it, baby.

    June 21, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Haige

      Just wondering what this has to do with the topic, Joey.

      June 21, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Reality

    What i find interesting here, and in most cases where the "faithful" step forward with an opinion about secular matters, is that there are some very important parts of the biblical teachings that are ignored. What about Christ's admonishment to the faithful to be no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world? What about his side-step in the form of Caesar's things to Caesar and God's things to God? He understood that civil matters weren't his battle, if you believe in the record of the bible, and that he had more important matters to deal with. He was responding to people much like those of you who would impose a bible-based code on the people of a FREE nation...and telling you to keep yourselves out of these discussions. What about the advice to "judge not, lest ye be judged"? Those of you who spew this hatred in the name of some higher force should be ashamed of your actions...do you think that your all-powerful God needs your ignorant misrepresentation? Do you really think that you are moving the masses closer to your convictions? Try the book of Genesis, speaking of Sodom and Gommorah...if you are a believer, he preserved 100% of the righteous which according to the book was only Lot and his family. He showed Abraham that nothing would come of his efforts to convince others to see his arguement. On the other hand, Christ did say that many will come forward at judgement saying that they knew and did the bidding of the father/son/holy church, but that he would turn his back on them saying I never knew you...

    Caesar is considering a change in the civil laws, folks...get out of the way. Act as witnesses, if you see it that way, but get off the high horse...no one charged you with maintaining the moral fiber or character of the world around you, and none of you were given permission to speak on behalf of your Deity. Work on your own problems/sins/understanding of the world around you and leave us alone...and for all that is holy, if you are going to write in a public forum make USE of SPELL CHECK!

    June 21, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tony

    I hope the bill get killed.

    June 21, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hazel

    I woke up this morning and still feel the same. Marriage is between a man and a women, this is what I choose to believe to the core. My belief does not equate hate.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      What about Christ's admonishment to the faithful to be no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world? What about his side-step in the form of Caesar's things to Caesar and God's things to God? He understood that civil matters weren't his battle, if you believe in the record of the bible, and that he had more important matters to deal with. He was responding to people much like those of you who would impose a bible-based code on the people of a FREE nation...and telling you to keep yourselves out of these discussions.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Haige:
    No you're not.
    Nobody is that stupid.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. jj

    here we go again with more gay rights crap. good lord when will it ever end. it wont, not in this focked up country

    June 21, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      Those of you who spew this hatred in the name of some higher force should be ashamed of your actions...do you think that your all-powerful God needs your ignorant misrepresentation? Do you really think that you are moving the masses closer to your convictions? Caesar is considering a change in the civil laws, folks...get out of the way. Act as witnesses, if you see it that way, but get off the high horse...no one charged you with maintaining the moral fiber or character of the world around you, and none of you were given permission to speak on behalf of your Deity. Work on your own problems/sins/understanding of the world around you and leave us alone.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jj

    joey would u plz shut the eff up!? get ur junk outta that guys rear n start thinkin for yourself qweer

    June 21, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    No I won't shut up.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Somebody has to say the truth.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Come up to date if you're going to use psychiatry.
    Because of the American Psychiatric Association, it is no longer possible to bill insurance companies for the treatment of ho-
    MO
    S-
    ex...
    Uality.
    It is not a disorder.
    Try to find it listed in the Diagnostic Manual of Statistics.
    One can treat for an inability to adjust to one's se-
    xua-
    lity.
    A psychiatrist could probably find a lot of that here.

    June 21, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Please Answer

    What gives people the right to impose their religious beliefs on other people? To say "you can't do something because I don't like it even though it has nothing to do with me?" To resist progress because it makes you uncomfortable? No one says you cant have your religion.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Riff*Raff

    I have no problem with two loving adults wanting to commit their lives to one another. It matters not what gender. I fail to see the problem. Hell will not freeze over and the world will not end. Just allow them the same rights as others are allowed. It does not infringe upon my rights or affect my life in any way. If your only argument is because a book of rules says it's wrong, then you should find a better reason.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. God

    Dear Joey: I taught you said or promised you will "never" use the word NEVER again. I know you don't believe in Me but try to keep your promises. You don't have to repeat that you don't believe, soon you will find out by yourself.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      no one charged you with maintaining the moral fiber or character of the world around you, and none of you were given permission to speak on behalf of your Deity. Work on your own problems/sins/understanding of the world around you and leave us alone

      June 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It was a reference to "never say never." I said it lightly.
    Now, however, one is talking about injustices being done in the name of religion.
    I won't apologize for this.
    I spoke clearly, and I meant what I said.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Leslie

    100% of the American people are "eligible" to win a lottery – when they are allowed to buy a ticket.

    Redux: Prop 8 California 2008 passed by:

    51.6% of voters in one election who went to the polls
    40% of registered voters
    30% of "eligible" voters
    24% of the adult population in the state who were "eligible" to marry – 18 or older
    19% of the entire state population

    Wow, 19% tell the other 79% who they can marry.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      That was a real "re-definition" of marriage. Couples required to ask everyone in the state at a polling booth, not just each other.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • daveinSC

      Don't like they can leave, lol

      June 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
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