"In the first half of 2015, same-sex couples comprised just 6 percent of all marriages. From July to October, same-sex couples comprised 11 percent of all marriages."
Since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage equality nationwide in June, the 96,000 same-sex couples who have tied the knot account for 11 percent of all summer weddings, according to an analysis released by Gary J. Gates, Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director, and Taylor N.T. Brown, Policy Analyst, at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.
The study, titled “Marriage and Same-sex Couples after Obergefell,” analyzes new data from the Gallup Daily Tracking survey and the American Community Survey to show the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Windsor v. United States in June 2013 and Obergefell v. Hodges in June 2015.
“These data make it clear that the majority of same-sex couples in the United States will soon be married,” Gates said. “That means more American children can benefit from the stability and economic security that marriage can provide. 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.”
Key findings from the report include:
“As Americans attend the weddings of their friends, family, and work colleagues, research shows that support for marriage equality will continue to grow,” Gates said.
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.