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. ME

    @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son Awwww another irrational fish in the tank, what's the matter? can't logically think beyond your boundaries sweetie?? lol. A negative must be proven in order to rationally recognize it a negative, in that case I can easily claim anything is a negative and that a positive doesn't exist, so don't fall into absurd contradictions about a positive or a negative, very preposterous argument. Try to answer this dumb fish: Are your dreams and nightmares real or not? do they exist or not??....................................
    Oh, and until you lack of an answer about this universe's causality, YOU WILL NEVER HAVE A REAL ARGUMENT, DEAL WITH IT FISH:)

    June 21, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, dear, one cannot prove that something does not exist. Anyone who is aware of the rules of debate already knows this. You can call people "dumb fish" if it makes you feel better (although it looks pretty absurd), but that won't change a thing. You don't know how the universe was created. You don't know much of anything, including how to spell.

      That's okay. The issue of gay marriage has nothing to do with your stupidity or ignorance; it has to do with the laws and how they're passed.

      Good luck with your GED.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ME

      @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son Right... you know everything about how the universe formed and the exact nature of human beings, you even know why there are so many ignorant people like me in this universe who you claim they can't spell only because of a simple 'e' finger-mistake while typing................ right, you're absolute perfection, wish I were like you fish................................

      June 21, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It happens that gays do not choose to be gay, but even if they did, it would not be the business of any religious salesman of blessings.
    There is no God.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • ME

      And why would there be no God?????????????????? It's 'I want it to be no God'.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. hmm?

    paula.. for the love of the god you worship.. please learn english. I will never accept any babble as intellectual debate. maybe i can put it in terms you can understand. "I can sticks in in here... or i's can sticks in in ders, and sometimes babies comes outs and sometimes it doesnts... ".....

    June 21, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I do not respect your religious beliefs.
    I'm sorry that you feel the need to have them, just as I would be sorry to know that you had terminal cancer.
    However, I do not respect your religious beliefs.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Are the illiterate persons going to keep posting?
    If you can't read and write, nothing you think cuts any mustard with me.
    If you believe in God, that cuts no mustard with me, as I don't respect belief in something that does not exist.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joe from Ohio

    Who cares?? Let's get back to work before the US falls behind even more and becomes a third world country

    June 21, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Wills Grace

    I look forward to the day that I am able t marry my partner. It will happen sooner than later. To the person that said gays are gonna die off eventually because we can't procreate. Did you know that the amount of people that believe in your God is on a steady decline? In a few hundred years there will only be a handful of people that still believe in your savior.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Don't detract from this argument.
    I have more work than I can possibly accept. My economy is in great shape.
    Civil rights are in danger from religious bigots.
    That's the discussion here.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. jimbo

    the senators who are keeping people's rights hampered should feel deeply ashamed over what they're doing.. they'll go down in history as bigots.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. TheRealMccoy

    Lol@ the gay pride bear on hilbeary .com .... support Marriage equality

    June 21, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ben

    Government should not control marriage. Everyone can get married. If the Pope says Catholics cannot have gay marriage, then so be it. The gay couple will not have a Catholic wedding, but will get married somewhere else. Where does the concept of "get the government out of our personal lives" come into play when it comes to the, sorry to typecast, republican party? They hate everything that infringes on the rights of an individual, unless they are gay, black, Hispanic, gay, or poor. Seems a bit odd.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Plutonius

      What about polygamy. Should we not be allowed to marry multiple partners?

      June 21, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ME

      You like incest too??? now that's great..

      June 21, 2011 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    By the way, I just saw an intelligent poster say that he or she was straight.
    I am straight and married. I'm not fighting for my right to marry. I'm fighting for somebody else's right to marry.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I read above that some fool is asking for proof of a negative.
    If one is that ignorant, he should keep his mouth shut.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Don't detract from the argument.
    The law being considered is not about polygamy.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ME

      Sure will in the future if we keep allowing this corrupted people, like you, change or rational laws.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • uli

      If we keep following religious wackos then pretty soon we will be hanging people just because they are gay, or even accused of being witches. This can already be seen happening in some recently christianized parts of africa.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Polygamy is not being considered as a law.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
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