Just a day after North Carolina's vote, President Barack Obama announced support for same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC. This comes a few days after Vice President Joe Biden made similar comments on NBC's "Meet the Press."
The Guardian's piece is a snapshot of gay rights in the States. According to the graphic, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, along with Washington state, Iowa and the District of Columbia, have the most rights afforded to gays.
- same sex marriage;
- hospital visitation by same sex partners or spouses;
- gays to adopt, either singly or as a couple.
- employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation;
- housing discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation;
- harassment in schools based on gender identity or sexual orientation
Also, Massachusetts' hate crime laws include crimes committed based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
In addition to comparing states' level of gay rights, the Guardian graphic allows you to log in through Facebook and see what rights are afforded in the states where all your Facebook friends live.