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. Hazel

    I do not support gay marriage. I don't wish them any harm due to their choice, I do however strongly believe marriage is between a man and a woman. Keep it that way.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJB

      It's not a choice. Do you live under a rock?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy Happy Happy

      Everything you do in life is 100% choice.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What you 'do' is often by choice, what you 'are' is not always by choice. You didn't 'choose' to be straight. You 'choose' to behave like an azz.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      For proof of that, just take a look at the shirt "Me" posts.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • ME

      "shirt"??.. my "shirt"................

      June 21, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      If that's true I'd like to stop pooping. It's icky and I don't feel like I get much out of the deal.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      Please do, and be sure to get back to us in 3 days to let us know how it is going...

      June 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      please do, and get back to us in 3 days with a report...

      June 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      No one said that YOU had to have a gay marriage. If you don't agree with it, don't have one. But that shouldn't preclude others who feel differently from enjoying the same legal protections that millions of us do.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • daveinSC

      you can enjoy those same protections in a civil union, but thats not good enough for the gay community. They have an agenda to make thier life style acceptable and normal, but it is not.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmm?

      is the strongly as a religious stand point? If so, do you think atheist couples should not be married.. since its a religious ceremony ya know? Or is it soley for the purpose or reproduction? What about the couples who get married who can not conceive?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • N.Gore

      I strongly support and totally agree with Hazel's point of view.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      @Hazel, I assume you intentionally used the word "choice," right? Pretty provocative.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan S

      What choice...the choice to love someone instead of being single our whole lives? People like you are so arrogant...How can you so selfishly deny us the freedom to love and marry simply because you aren't gay? I hope your black heart stops.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gay Canuck

      If a straight couple is married by a minister who is secretly gay, does that still mean that there marriage is legal?

      Gay people are going to get married and be happy and have equality and if you don't like it then DON'T GO TO THE WEDDING!

      June 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Misty

      ABSOLUTELY!!!! Amen to that;-)

      June 21, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Marcel

      I don't believe you should have the right or freedom to deny others what you enjoy.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hazel

      Ryan S. clearly we disagree. Still, I do not have any desire for your heart to stop.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MS

      Being Gay is no more a choice than being born blonde.

      All scientific evidence of the last sixty years corroborate this, going all the way back to the Kinsey reports.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      ... and yet we still have mental giants here who believe you can pray the gay away. I'd love to see them pray one of these immoral, deviant, heathen southpaws to use their RIGHT hands like us "normal" people. GOD WILL NOT STAND FOR YOUR LEFT-HANDED DEVIL!

      June 21, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I just wish the dolts would pray their stupidity away.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      You mean like they used to?

      June 21, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      The Kinsey reports??? Come on. You do know that Kinsey was a pedophile, don't you? Is this your the "evidence" you are going to cling to? You're on pretty shaky ground there.

      June 21, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Excuse ME?

      Sir, Kinsey was not a pedophile.

      June 21, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      Being gay is not a choice, but being ignorant and prejudiced is.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      Being ignorant is a choice? Prove it.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      A religious zealot demanding PROOF of something?! LOL. I've heard it all now!

      June 21, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Of course it is. Stupidity is inborn; no one has to remain ignorant.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      Is not everything inborn, hypocrite?

      June 21, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, dumbazz.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • PallasAthene

      Yes, ignorance can be a choice. You can choose to remain ignorant of facts, even when they are handed to you. I always liked 'ignorance is curable, stupidity is forever' myself 🙂

      June 21, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Actually yes, yes it is (though childhood indoctrination plays a big part). The vast majority of humans are born with the same intellectual capability.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mateo

      That's the truth.

      June 21, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • daveinSC

      just because someone does not support the gay community then they are being ignorant and prejudiced, how so?

      June 24, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AJB

    Give civil unions to everyone and be done with this nonsense.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • max

      thank god or science lol. someone with wisdom

      June 21, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • ME

      @max Wisdom and science is to support incest?? right..

      June 21, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • yeah. . .

      Sorry who said anything about supporting incest?

      June 21, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. cupcake

    well, here we go again. another effort based on hatred....ain't it great! i wish we could ban hetero marriage just because it's different than me!

    June 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ME

      Why not ban your brainless comments from CNN?

      June 21, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. shannon

    Has anyone considered that gay marriage would be GREAT for the economy? Think about it:
    • Hotels and resorts get more business from newlyweds and from guests coming to the events
    • Event centers get booked up more and more
    • Increased demand for florists, caterers, tailors, musicians, bakers, etc. creates jobs and encourages entrepreneurs to open shop.
    • New market for the greeting-card industry
    • Paper shops and designers see a spike in business with orders for stationery
    • Airlines sell more seats because there are more weddings, and people will travel for out-of-town and destination weddings

    These are just some of the economic benefits. And by the way, if you oppose gay marriage for religious reasons, your church/synagogue/temple/mosque/whatever should have the right to refuse to recognize or perform such weddings. You can even excommunicate members who are in a gay marriage. And, if being gay, or bi, or transgendered is a sin, at least you won't have to deal with them in your interpretation of Heaven.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cupcake

    to AJB, as long as EVERYONE has civil unions and NO ONE is allowed to marry that would be fine, at least it wouldn't be discrimination.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gay Canuck

    Thank GOD I live in Canada where all gay people are protected by law against discrimination and have the same rights as breeders.
    If you feel threatened by two gay people who love each other wanted to get married, then you nned to go and see a psychiatrist!!
    p.s. – God doesn't care if you're gay or straight....really......(I mean, if there is a god....

    June 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy Happy Happy

      No matter how man tries to change God's Word to look like he is not sinning,
      God has the unchanged version and is not fooled.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sinning is not unlawful. If it were, one could be charged with failing to honor one's father and mother. When's the last time you honored yours?

      June 21, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • ME

      lady caca?? eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

      @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son Not everyone is absolutely perfect like you sweetie. God forgives any sin/mistake anyone is willing to recognize 🙂

      June 21, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Faisal

    The problem deep down at the core of all of this is that the government has crossed over into what religions have originally defined.

    Marriage is a concept from old times, when one man and woman couple together. In the society we live in, not everyone finds the perfect match. In fact, it was always like that. Nothing is perfect and history repeats itself.. However, gay marriage sometimes, is desired when two men who could not find decent women, and they just want the tax breaks. So tax is also factored in, leading to the root. (Jesus compared tax collectors with heathens)

    However, they need to understand that it is offensive to the ignorant people who do not know the root of the problem is the government itself, crossing into territory of which they have no right. Religion.

    There is so much to say on this topic really.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Oh is it now? According to the Bible, marriage is between: a man and his sister (Genesis 16:3); a woman and her rapist (Deuteronomy 22:28); a man and his eight wives (1 Chronicles 3:1-9); a man and his seven hundred wives... and his three hundred concubines (1 Kings 11:3); a woman and her father's slave (1 Chronicles 2:35)... Shall I go on?

      June 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      I, as a Christian, prefer the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. you, on the other hand, desire arguments and bickering. Therefore I won't even waste my time to point to you the quote by the Lord Jesus Christ. because you should not be stuck in the old testament, unless you are there for the purposing of wasting time and finding flaws with the people of old times which God had mercy on, even in their ignorance. No one on earth was ever perfect, except the Lord when He came to vist. Prove me wrong.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Well, I have news for you, buddy... Your "Lord Jesus Christ" wholly CONDONED everything in the Old Testament: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to FULFILL them." – Matthew 5:17. Besides, what's a Bible really WORTH if you can simply pick and choose which parts you want to follow? (Hint: not much).

      June 21, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nonsense, Faisal. Marriage was not religious when it first occurred at all. It was simply a means to attain wealth and protection.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • semperfilm

      So then you agree about separation of church from state?

      June 21, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. cupcake

    Shannon, right on!! You hit on the head, no pun of course but think about it. Kind of like legalizing marijuana, oh sorry those that oppose gay marriage probably are opposing pot as well. Geeezzzz

    June 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      ZelDUH, you are such a moron.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Eliot Gitelman

    Why does God allow those who worship him to write so damn badly? That's what I want to know.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      Have you not read that the saints will be conquered in the last days of earth? God gives authority to the beast to reign for a short while. The saints suffer and begin losing their composition abilities as a result.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zelda

      @Eliot: So that you will pay attention and read into, not skim through or feel sleepy. No atheist can exercise proper capitalization in the English language.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bbroker

    Has anyone noticed that CNN crusades for a number of issues under the guise of reporting? CNN has been banging the gay marriage drum for about three years now. Any opportunity to promote the reporters', editors', and publishers' agenda is seized. Rarely a day goes by when this issue is not trumpeted or a story manufactured by the CNN newsroom. Predictable and tedious, the news assignment editor should lose the tunnel vision and realize that their hobby horse political causes should remain in the background.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      I would not say they are crusading, just doing what they have always done. Giving voices to the MAJORITY and silencing the MINORITY. The MAJORITY has been "for gays" for YEARS now. ***YEARS***

      The MINORITY is straight at this point. So no, it's not a crusade. It's simple ignorance. Same thing that occurs in every phase of societal ignorance and delusion. Same disobedience to reason. Same hatred of others. Same audacity to define reality on their own terms, apart from facts and apart from truthfulness.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan S

      I thought your type watched Fox News.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • boom

      How could anyone write an article about gay marriage and not come off as a little biased toward the side that is SOOOO obviously right?

      June 21, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Calvin


      June 21, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Givemeaname

      CNN reporting? That is a stretch, they just get their stuff off Facebook, twitter & the daily poll, then turn it into "NEWS" .

      Hay at lease they have laid off the all the none "NEWS" on the iPhone5, for now.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mark


    Atheism is NOT a religion. It is the lack of belief in a religion. It is the default. It is the way we are born. It's only with indoctrination that we come to believe in God, just like how we're taught to believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny.

    But to the things you say about the Big Bang or evolution, can't you see that the workings of science are so much more incredible and awesome than anything you could read in the Bible? To believe in those watered down fairy tales is just settling for a simple, unimaginative Universe. Science is so much more.

    June 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      i don't know about you, but where I grew up Sunday School was an option. Public school was law.

      So who is indoctrinating who at the end of the day? Clearly the government.

      June 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You don't have to send your spawn to public school. Home school your little Snotleigh and Preshus. The schools will thank you.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      You must have missed my point altogether.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Didn't miss a thing.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      Your intent is to argue. Therefore you missed my point.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, my intent is to ridicule. You are missing the point, dearie.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Faisal, there are many religions.. but the awesomeness of man's reason has allowed us to actually narrow down answers to questions that are actually part of this reality. Yes, only one is to be mandated by the government. Our countries' economy and prosperity actually grows because of engineers, biologist, and chemists. These man and women are here to help this country because they read more than the bible.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • kells

      @mark you sound like a crack head. my female dog and i want to get married because she loves me but there is no law that favours our marriage. am demanding for my right because i deserve to be married to my dog and happy

      June 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sapient

    "Stop squirming! You're oppressing our religious freedom!"

    June 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ricky Lawson

    "Here's the 2010 population figures ... "
    Shouldn't that be: "Here ARE ... " ?

    Just sayin' ...

    June 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nobody

    Hey, all you God haters here. Please go back to high school and read your history books. Jon and hmm in particular. Last time the 'god" you are referring was pushed away and people "free thinkers" and so called "educated" stepped in, well, then came the dark ages. Read the history books...PLEASE you ignorant fools. When this "god" you are referring to was brought back and people were educated on where right and wrong comes, the only book that brings an answer to this is the Bible. Once again, before you start all your ignorant bashing read the History books. OHHH SNAP!!!! wait, but why would I read History, I am smart and watch David Letterman and SNL. I should just watch dancing with the starts, its so romantic. To understand evil, right and wrong everyone must study History. Just because we are in the 21 century doesn't make us smarter. Ill get bashed for that too. Pick the the history books people, maybe at the end read the Bible, but wait, its fiction and crap right? So, Ill just read harry potter book, it is filled with so much knowledge or even better. The twilight series. Folks, you arguments are a waste of space, time and energy. Ok, bashing time 🙂 LOL.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • boom

      What history have you been reading?!?!?!?!?! I'm not a big god basher but you're COMPLETELY backward on this. The fall of the Roman Empire was at the peak of the religious and Christian devotion of the Empire. Even the most radical Christians today would pale in comparison to the religious devotion of the dark ages. The decline in religious fervor was EXACTLY the reason the Renaissance began. Then the next drop in religious devotion, the enlightenment, was what brought us modern democracy and the country that you live in.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • auguron

      People like Nobody are why history revisionists are madmen who must be stopped. He actually believes that tripe. Go read some real history books, Nobody, then you'll understand.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      Nobody, actually people need to make sure they study history so people like you can't rewrite it.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Givemeaname

      I bet you think the world is just 2000 years old too.
      Sorry most of my history books are cover pre Christain times (BCA).
      Most people that I have run into that say they are "smart" are not smart at all, do you fall under the <.02% group like I do? If your smart you know what I am talking about.
      Watching David & SNL makes you smart? Really!!! That is a funny one.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • kjfuller7

      WOW, listening to you and Sarah Palin with a few margaritas in you would be a total trip. Now THAT'S entertainment... K!

      June 21, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Well, if being gay is genetic and not a choice, then it seems like it would be bred out of any society that supports gay marriage in a generation or two.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Sure, because we are all born left-handed or with red hair.

      God, what stupidity.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      I guess you only have anecdotal knowledge of how evolution works. That's fine, we can't all be experts in everything. (Heck, I'm not an expert in the subject myself.)

      Problem is when you try to debate something using a subject you don't really know about, you end up looking really dumb. Like this comment here.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • boom

      Why would anyone choose to be gay? What could make your life harder than to be gay? Let me explain the genetics thing. Assuming that if someone is gay and it is passed through DNA, and it was let's say a regressive gene, the gene would not necessarily be bred out if that person did not have children. As long as their siblings had children they could still pass that gene along. For example, two parents without red hair could still have a red haired child if their was red hair in their family.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • boom

      *if THERE
      my bad

      June 21, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Givemeaname

      Just to dumb it down. That then makes 1 in 4 gay, 1 of 4 would not carry the "gay" gene, 2 of 4 would be carriers of the "gay" gene.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
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