What the numbers say about gay marriage in N.C.

Points of interest clumsily extracted from “The Most Detailed Map of Gay Marriage in America” by in the New York Times (Sept. 12):

Same-sex marriages account for 1.29% of all marriages in the 288 Zip code region (Asheville). This rate is highest in North Carolina, ahead of the 277 Zip (Durham) at 1.03.

No other Zip in North Carolina breaks 0.50. Lowest, at 0.12: 279 Zip (Elizabeth City and environs).

Statewide: 0.26

Nationwide: 0.35

Durham also ranks 15th nationally in percentage of same-sex female marriage — 0.68.


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