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Top 5 Things to Know About LGBT Issues
There are roughly 9 million LGBT people in the US and more than 650,000 same-sex couples.
19% of same-sex couples are raising children according to the US Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey.
There is no federal law that consistently protects LGBT individuals from employment discrimination; there are no state laws in 29 states that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, and in 32 states that do so based on gender identity.
Gay and lesbian couples can marry in 36 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming) and Washington, DC.
59% of Americans support the equal right to marry for same-sex couples, according to a 2014 Washington Post-ABC News poll.