1. Here's where things start: Just more than 10 percent of the country lives in a state where same-sex couples can marry.
2. But, voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington will vote on marriage in November. And, the Supreme Court could decide to let a lower court ruling stand finding California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
3. If all 4 of those states get marriage equality, more than a quarter of the country would live in a place where same-sex couples can marry.
4. Adding in states with significant, but non-marital, recognition for same-sex couples, nearly 4 in 10 Americans would live in a place where same-sex couples would have their relationship recognized.
5. But, despite those possibilities, marriage equality supporters have a roadblock: More than 6 in 10 Americans today live in a state with a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. (And Minnesotans will be voting on an amendment in November.)
Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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