"State administrative data shows that the number of same-sex couples who married nearly doubled in marriage equality states from 2012 to 2013"
Data also show large increase in same-sex marriages after Windsor decision last year –even in states that already had marriage equality.
The Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor contributed to a significant increase in the number of same-sex couples marrying - even in states that had marriage equality long before the decision - according to new analysis by the Williams Institute.
State administrative data shows that the number of same-sex couples who married nearly doubled in marriage equality states from 2012 to 2013.
The Williams Institute’s finding of this “Windsor Effect” is part of a series of new analyses based on administrative data from states that recognized same-sex marriages and relationships as of early 2014.
These analyses also show that almost two-thirds (64%) of all same-sex couples who entered legal relationships are female and that on average 1.1% of same-sex couples dissolve their relationships each year.
This rate is lower than the annual divorce rate for married different-sex couples (2%).
All three of these reports were co-authored by M.V. Lee Badgett, Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute, and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; and Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel at the Williams Institute.
The original rainbow flag, called the Freedom Flag, was devised by Gilbert Baker in 1978. The design has undergone several revisions since its debut with 8 colored stripes, and today the most common variant consists of 6 stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.
Picture of Gilbert Baker's original Freedom Flag showing the meaning of the 8 colors.