Monday, December 12, 2011

Graphic: Canadian acceptance of same-sex marriage

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With all the talk about the (slowly but surely improving) status of LGBT rights and equality in the U.S., here’s a visualization of attitudes towards same-sex marriage across Canada (yellow = opposition, grey = acceptance):

At first glance, that may seem like a fair amount of opposition in the central provinces (see map here), but keep in mind that A) even the most anti-gay regions in Canada are still comparable to northeast USA, and B) those three provinces (left to right: Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) have a combined population of just about six million, which amounts to under 18% of the national population of 34 million (by 2011 estimates).

Even our conservative dens are still more open-minded than most U.S. liberals. That’s something that fills me with more than a little pride. (And, yes, cockiness. Deal with it, you Yanks.)

(via Joe. My. God.)