Same-sex Marriage
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Since the US Supreme Court’s ruling to legalise same-sex marriage in June this year, more than 96,000 same-sex couples have tied-the-knot according to an analysis released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

Data shows that in the first half of 2015, same-sex couples represented just 6% of all marriages in the United States, from July to October, after same-sex marriage was legalised across all 50 states, the number of same-sex couples getting married rose to 11% of all marriages.

Gary J. Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at Williams Institute says that the data clearly shows a growing trend of same-sex marriages and that the majority of same-sex couples in the United States support the idea of marriage and will get married.


“That means more American children can benefit from the stability and economic security that marriage can provide,” Gates said.

“It also means that it will be easier for more families to adopt some of the country’s most vulnerable children and provide stable and loving homes.”

The data from the analysis shows that in 2013, when the High Court removed the Defense of Marriage Act, an estimated 21 percent of all same-sex couples (230,000 couples) decided to get married.

So far it is estimated that as of October 2015, 486,000 same-sex couples are married, a number which represents an estimated 45 percent of all same-sex couples within the United States.

Last Updated on Nov 7, 2015

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