America’s Gay Rights Patchwork

Those who are in favor of small federal government often espouse that states can handle legislation more efficiently.

If you ever encounter someone who uses that line of reasoning, please direct them to the interactive graphic that The Guardian published today.  It identifies what laws are in effect to protect LGBT folks on a state-by-state basis.  It’s the most convoluted patchwork of laws that would take a social scientist to decipher.

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It’s mind boggling to think of the legal costs associated with all of the possible cases that might arise from this byzantine mess of legislation.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better argument in favor of a legislating marriage equality, as well as other human rights issues, at the federal level.


View the interactive graphic and the analysis: