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. Judywire

    Just because this governor believes in gay lifestyle does not mean he should impose it on all of us. He was not elected by gay people alone but by everyone except me. My vote went to Republican and will continue to go to them until democrats start addressing the real economic problems of our state.

    Give gay people papers to have their unions but leave marriage alone for man and woman as per God's command.

    There will be punishment for the entire state of New York if they change God's law. Please leave his laws alone and our state will be blessed!

    June 21, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      "Don't impose gay marriage on me. P.S. You all have to follow my religion's definition of marriage."

      June 21, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ttbb12

      Seperation of church and state. God is not to intervene with law, get with the progam lady.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • mphtmnslt

      Threatening the State of New York on the "behalf of God"?

      That's real cute.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • uli

      Last time I checked our government was secular. If religion brings bigotry to the table then so be it, but it should not dictate the laws of the land.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • mphtmnslt

      Sorry Judy, but you're going to hell.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "God" has His "Unchanged Word?" I hope He enjoys reading it, because He does not exist.
    So I don't need to change it.
    He can have it any way He likes it.
    Oh–how's Mary doing these days?

    June 21, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. fadeinlight

    This is New York: the bill has already passed.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tim Jordan

    Besides religious whackos, why does anyone care who people marry?

    June 21, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. The Straight Guy

    A message to those against same gender marriage: IT IS NONE OF YOUR !@#$%^ BUSINESS ~ ! So what if they want to marry? It is just a legally binding contract that HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RELIGION. There isn't a !@#$ thing you can do about it. More and more people are accepting the fact that there are same gender couples. The push isn't going to stop and you are going to lose. Start worrying more about how you are being manipulated. Think about why you are against same gender marriage without bringing your religion into this.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Scos

      @ "Think about why you are against same gender marriage without bringing your religion into this." – simply because mouth's purpose is to take in food not take in or lick p*nis or v*gina, and a v*gina i believe is more ergonomically and hygienic to get into by a p*nis than an *ss even if you do edema with it?

      June 21, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
    • martination

      Hoorah brother spoken like a king.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • martination

      Scos please for the love of your so called god. Make sense. with all that banter I'm pretty sure you're a virgin. A mouth is a mouth granted to us, for us to do what we please. Free will anyone? or is that given and taken away by the bible. Hypocrites.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    Those who have a relligious marriage only, without filling out the civil paperwork, are not legally married. Those who have a civil marriage only, with no religious event at all, are legally married. Marriage is a civil (not religious) event. Any religious ceremony is an extra, but not necessary, activity.

    June 21, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. sara

    if you are against gay marriage, don't do it !! why would u deprive other people from doing it?
    they are not harming you, nor anyone else nor themselves by being married ! LET BE !

    June 21, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Megan

    you people are rediculous, seriously. If god is really true im pretty srue it say's all people are equal & loved. Nothing will be affected with your life if gay marriage is allowed. What will happen? gay people will get married and be happy. people are so immature for thinking in anyway shape or form that gay marriage has any affect to they're own lives of straight people. & do not think just for one minute that just because we like girls or guys that we'll hit on every girl or guy we see. Why are you focusing on such a small detail instead of looking at the big picture. grow up, thanks.

    June 21, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
    • martination

      words that cannot be more true.

      June 21, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. martination

    why the debate. Why the close minded religious nonsense? For Christ's sake and yes, Christ's sake since I'm pretty sure he said Do unto other's as you would have done to you. the sole purpose of Marriage is the union. take your heads out of your bibles (or in this case your a$$es) and realize that the world of today is changing. We have no more room for the so called religious values because of how they do not fit the norms and societies of today. God is dead welcome to the 21st century. Buy yourselves an Ipod or something and please become open minded about this. We already live in the Hell called America. Why continue to damn it?

    June 21, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mars de la Mancha

    Hatred, intolerance, and prejudice; these are the emotions and sentiments that are subject to de-evolution. Love between human beings; gender aside, should be admired. You are young as a species, given time we you will overcome the oppression. Such a pleasure to experience your planet, I see good things for your future. Peace and LOVe

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


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

    The only perversion one can observe, by the likes of these comments, is America's obsession with hatred and prejudice. By extending the right to marry to all peoples, regardless of gender or orientation, you uphold our American tradition of freedom and respect; by denying marriage, you erode the very foundation that supports the idea you wish to protect.

    June 21, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ronda

    Is a drive threw marriage in Vegas by a Justice of the Peace a religious marriage??? Are we governed by the church? Which church ?? Catholic ? Muslim?? My church? your church?
    Why do Republicans need to control American's private lives. GET OUT OF OUR LIVES! Government should not control our love life.

    June 21, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mateo

    Unfortunately many Americans can't tell the difference between a civil marriage, being matters of the state, and a religious marriage. Call bigotry for what it is.

    June 21, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    I'm going to shock the fanatical Christians on this blog (maybe other religions too). God is love & there is only 1. He, though he's a spirit, not a gender, has many names: God, Gud, Allah, Jah, Jehova, Yaweh, Elohim etc. All the religious books & texts carry much truth of this spirit, even though they were written by humans. My faith is interdenominational, & preaches love, peace & goodwill to all living beings on the planet! This is what I believe, these are my convictions. So, it's only right that gays should have the same Civil Rights that the rest of us take for granted. Since this is a civil justice matter, not a religious one, why are christians so offended & up in arms?! No 1 is forcing you to accept or partake, your church is free to deny gay parishioners or weddings! I suspect this is not a religious issue after all, but a control issue! Christians feel their view is right & want to force us to accept it, for our own good, of course. Luckily we have freedom of or from religion!!

    June 21, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ronda

    Republicans, get your government out of American's private lives. Let Americans marry who they want.

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