A coalition of women's rights and gay rights groups recently put out a map showing how much they agree with state policies in those areas. New York and New Mexico came out on top of their list, with Ohio and South Dakota finishing last.
But, as the AP reports, the rankings are a point of pride for politicians opposed to gay marriage and abortion.
Reactions to the report varied. Alexis Blizman, a New Mexico gay-rights activist, said her state deserved its position in part because of its "live and let live attitude." A conservative Republican legislator from South Dakota, Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, described the results as "a badge of honor."
"I'd have been disappointed if we'd finished any higher than last," he said.