the map reminded me of something I had seen somewhere else.
Hmmmm.... what was it?
Ah, yes! It was this:
The color scheme is switched around (red is always bad, of course, while green is good), but as you can see, the map is pretty close to identical. Wherever the national debt is high, homosexual activity is very much encouraged. Wherever national debt is low, homosexuality is very much discouraged.
In fact, I even ran a scatterplot to check the correlation, using the same trick the Atlantic article used, doing a log of the currency values in order to increase the r-squared value. Lo! and behold! The r-squared value came in at a very respectable 50.3% correlation.
So then I checked within the United States and I found these maps. The first presents the areas that permit homosexual unions:
As you can see, while the match in America isn't perfect, there's quite a bit of overlap. Generally speaking, where debt is high, homosexual "rights" are powerful. Where debt is low, homosexual "rights" tends not to be powerful.
Homosexual "rights" seems to be, quite literally, a bankrupt philosophy, or rather, the philosophy of the bankrupt.