Monday, June 27, 2016

Same-Sex Marriage Has Risen Sharply Since Court Decision

(Graphic above is from the Facebook page of Hillary Clinton.)

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision (Obergefell vs. Hodges) that gave all Americans the right to marry the person they love -- including same-sex couples. And many in the LGBT community have taken advantage of that right.

A recent Gallup Poll shows that the number of married same-sex couples has climbed from 38% before the decision to 49% after the decision. That's a rise of 11 points. And the rise in same-sex marriages isn't just happening in states where it was illegal before the court decision.

The decision removed the stigma attached to those marriages, and while same-sex marriages rose by 13 points in states where it had been illegal (from 26% to 39%), it also rose by 10 points in the states where it was already legal (from 42% to 52%).

These percentages apply to same-sex couples who are living together.

To get these percentages, Gallup questioned 4,752 members of the LGBT community before the court decision (with a 2 point margin of error) and 11,588 members of the LGBT community after the court decision (with a 1 point margin of error).

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