After the successes of Tuesday’s midterm elections civil liberties are clearly becoming a more important issue in the United States. In light of these recent changes to state legislation, The Washington Post has provided us with some new visual insights to states where both gay marriage and some form of marijuana usage is legalized. Here is the Venn diagram that highlights the most progressive states for civil liberties.
As personal freedoms continue to expand their position in American culture, only some stubborn midwestern and southern states are holding on to their extreme beliefs. More progressive ideals seam to be sweeping south and east like a cold front from more liberal areas of the country.
As the graph below suggests, support for both marijuana legalization and gay marriage is continuing to grow. The overlap of supporters is huge, which illustrates that Americans are opening up to the idea that personal preference serves the public better than blanket laws that strip away freedom.
As these ideals become more acceptable, there are always those who want to project their messages out to the world. Back in 2012, Silas Akin from Portland, Oregon launched his Kickstarter page to print “Legalize Gay Marijuana” tees. The project was quickly funded and gave rise to other teeshirt hustlers looking to make a buck off of the politically charged and overtly comical tees. With support spreading across the country, the teeshirt makers look to have a growing audience Americans who want to “legalize gay marijuana.”
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