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Visualizing America’s journey to marriage equality
Posted on Monday, 20 July 2015

Last June 26, the United States of America rejoiced as their Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a constitutional right nationwide. The ruling enables same-sex couples to enjoy federal benefits of marriage like Social Security rights, spousal support, medical decision-making privileges, access to a partner’s insurance, and hospital visitation rights. Today, we’re featuring some visualizations that bring some context to the USA’s journey towards marriage equality.

Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, paving the way for this historical event back in 2004. Below is an animated gif of Same-Sex Marriage by U.S. State, created by Ben Jones of Tableau Public. It illustrates each state’s ruling and the progression of change over time.



To paint a better picture of how popular opinion has shifted in recent years, a poll by The Washington Post asked a simple yes or no question. The no-frills line chart highlights the turning point in public opinion. And filters for education levels, income bracket, and party identification provide additional context for various rates of change.


To see more visualizations on marriage equality fro, read the complete article here.

These visualizations were made with Tableau business intelligence. Get a free 14-day full version trial of Tableau here.

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