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. Ben

    This is an ABOMINATION against the Lord.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Ben, when was the last time the Lord voted? I'm sure you would have felt the same way about inter-racial marriage 25 years ago.... grow up. If you want to live in a theocracy, pack your bags for Iran....

      June 21, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • SimpleFact

      You mean YOUR version of 'lord' – Of course you'd need to believe that there's a higher power that to take care of your life because you can't do it yourself.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • kjfuller7

      Your lord is NOT my lord, thank you very much. As Americans, we have the CHOICE to believe in a lord or not because we have EQUAL rights to religious freedom. Each American should have the EXACT same rights as any other American. You can honor your lord by NOT casting the first stone. K!

      June 21, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. SimpleFact

    So...when did most of the people on here decide to be straight? I just want to know when that choice was made.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Humanity_01

    ok....how many straight guys here would choose to suk a p-p? Stop listening to your ignorant preachers. Live and let live.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Humanity_01

    ok....how many straight guys here would choose to s-u-k a p-p? Stop listening to your ignorant preachers. Live and let live!

    June 21, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Ben:
    This is not an ABOMINATION against the Lord.
    That's because there is not any Lord.
    Don't worry.
    The Lord won't hurt you for allowing this "abomination," because there is no Lord.
    No God.
    No Allah.
    Nothing.
    Zip.
    No Lord.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    There is no God.

    June 21, 2011 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    What I am constantly confused by is the insistance that marriage is a wholly religious ordeal. That has not been the case, ever. We are talking about legal rights and legal equality guaranteed to everyone just by virtue of being human. If the church/religion you belong to chooses not to recognise a marriage then that fine, that is their right to do so, but to deny them equal legal rights based on a religious stand point is not only morally wrong... it is also illegal.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • kjfuller7

      additionally, marriage HAS ALWAYS been 2 components: a CIVIL LICENSE followed by a religious BLESSING. But guess what? You could be 100% married without a religious blessing. Zealots are just brainwashed...it's sad...their god is weaping. K!

      June 21, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I am a New York Republican.
    If Republicans kill this bill in my state, I will–not shall–will never vote for another Republican to hold office in this state again.
    There are too many intelligent, sophisticated, socially liberal citizens in New York for us to be behind our neighboring states in progress.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. johnmenacherjr

    And yes the stupid Teabaggers will set you free! Just trust in them, they know whats the best folks. Like all Republicans they are all for the individual as long as they control their wants dreams, realities moralles and on and on...

    June 21, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Bob:
    This is a religious argument because the only argument against gay marriage is religious.
    Without religion, there is no argument.
    So, I'll say it again:
    THERE IS NO GOD.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      @Joey Isotta-Fraschini
      Then the argument against gay marriage is pointless. Religion should have no sway over secular laws and legal rights.

      June 21, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Scene: Times Square
    FIRST TOURIST: Hey, we're in New York City...let's go meet some smart people and chat!
    SECOND TOURIST: Sure, Buddy...let's go to Boston or Greenwich...didn't that chef from Lutece move up there from here? And don't they have a fair in Danbury? Or how about Washington?

    June 21, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. mb2010a

    The only pervert on this board is Zelda...

    June 21, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "God" is a gimmick to get the money out of your pocket and into the preacher's pocket.
    There is no God.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    If you give bigots God, they wil beat you with It.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I am a straight, white, successful New York Republican who supports Obama's reelection.
    Today I may give up on the whole state GOP if you defeat this bill to please religious followers of a deity that does not exist.
    The GOP is backing down the road of progress, not moving forward. Wake up!

    June 21, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Zebula

      I salute you! Isn't it interesting that most of the people in that picture are black? How quickly we forget....

      June 21, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
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