Minnesota this week became the 12th state in the Union to legalize gay marriage. The landscape of social and political acceptance of same-sex marriage is changing.

To show how far the country has come when it pertains to marriage equality, the Atlantic Wire created a map featuring the wave of support for gay rights following two large anti-gay rights waves, first under President Bill Clinton and then under President George W. Bush.

While the map is not up-to-date enough to include Minnesota, it shows the changing landscape of political opinion when it comes to one of the most discussed issues in the U.S. The map starts off in the 70s with legal bans to gay marriage, jumps to the 2000s where constitutional bans of gay marriage happened in over 30 states.

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