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The forward momentum of gay rights

We mentioned a recent Pew Research Center survey earlier this week (in Naked News) that shows how public acceptance of same-sex marriage has grown in the past two years, jumping by 9 percentage points, making the country now evenly divided on the issue, with 46% in support legalization and 44% opposed. While reading up on the topic, we found two interesting infographics, both of which show the progress that’s been made in the gay rights movement.

First, there’s the LA Times’ interactive map (above) which shows you milestones in the fight over gay rights and how laws have changed in all 50 states since 2000. Hit the “play” button in the lower lefthand corner for a quick review, or hit the “view milestones by month” for a slower, more detailed description of what’s gone down and when.

Then there’s the infographic “Evolving Opinions on Gay Marriage” (below), a collaboration between GOOD and Column Five Media. It was published in August of this year, and shows those who favor gay marriage in 2011 at 45% and those who oppose it at 46%. Things are changing so quickly that even a chart from just this summer is out of date!