Nearly 100,000 Gay Couples Have Gotten Married Since The Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling

The number of couples getting married has gone up even in states that already allowed same-sex marriage

Nearly 100,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since Obergefell v. Hodges brought marriage equality to all 50 states, according to a new Gallup poll.

Issued November 5, the study reveals that while marriages in states that previously banned gay marriage have obviously gone up, they’ve also risen in states that previously allowed same-sex marriage.

Currently, 49% of same-sex couples living together in states where same-sex marriages were already legal report being married, compared with 42% prior to the decision. That means same-sex couples living together in these states are now as likely to be married as not.

Gallup estimates there are now approximately 972,000 Americans in same-sex marriages, up from about 780,000 before the June ruling. In all, 9.6% of LGBT Americans describe themselves as being married to a same-sex partner, up from 7.9% before the Supreme Court’s watershed decision.

A wedding cake featuring two grooms and
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We’re gonna need to buy a lot more presents.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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