Depressing Map Reveals Most U.S. States Give Gay Couples Zero Protections

Being a smart Queerty reader, you already knew that 29 state constitutions ban marriage equality and that Minnesota and North Carolina could join that number if voters decide to. You might have also known that 18 of the states with constitutional bans also ban domestic partnerships or civil unions, and that an additional 12 states ban marriage equality by statute. But even if you knew all that, it’s still nice to have this handy map from The New York Times illustrating the Unequal States Of America in all is depressing purple ignominy. Ponder this map keeping in mind DOMA-defender Paul Clement’s claim that gays have not historically faced discrimination.