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Two years after SCOTUS ruling, same-sex marriages rise only slightly

Two years ago marriage equality was approved by The Supreme Court of the United States.
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It has been two years since the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality and a recent Gallup poll reveals that 10.2% of same-sex couples have tied the knot.

That number is up 7.9% from the months just before the historic ruling.

In 2016, 9.6% of LGBT men and women were married to someone of the same gender.

These results are culled from 300,000 adults surveyed about sexuality and marital status.

Numbers show that before the Obergefell ruling, only 4,752 same-sex couples were married; a year later that number jumped to 11 588 and now in 2017 it is 12,832.

Conversely, the poll also shows that a large number of people who identify as LGBT want to remain single, rising to 55.7% in 2017 over 47.4% in 2016.

Gallup says that despite the low numbers same-sex marriages are indeed growing, and domestic partnerships are decreasing:

“In the first year after the Supreme Court ruled states could not prohibit same-sex marriages, the percentage of LGBT Americans who were married grew nearly two percentage points.

In the second year since the ruling, the growth has continued, but at a diminished rate. This suggests an initial burst in the number of same-sex marriages came in response to the legal changes. Now, with those legal changes further in the past, the growth in same-sex marriages may be slower.

However, growth in the rate of same-sex marriages is likely to continue. Younger adults, many who may not be in a position to marry regardless of their sexual identity, are disproportionately likely to identify as LGBT. As they age, their life situations may change and they may want to get married.

Also, as future generations of LGBT adults come of age, having grown up in a time when there were no legal restrictions on same-sex marriage and greatly reduced societal norms against it, they may marry at higher rates than LGBT Americans in generations before them."

You can read all of the Gallup Poll findings by clicking HERE