Here’s an anecdote to add to the discussion over redefining marriage.
- North Carolina
The bottom states are:
- New York
- New Jersey
Of course, correlation is not causation, but it is at least interesting that the top five states all have one really important thing in common, as do the bottom five. The top five all define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In fact, four of the five have state constitutional amendments on that point. The bottom five all have either redefined marriage (New York, Massachusetts) or created an alternative legal status providing all the benefits of marriage to same-sex couples (California, Illinois, New Jersey).
The National Organization for Marriage published a briefing paper that very effectively addresses this question (click here to read).