Two years ago, on June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry and to have their marriages recognized by the states.And four years ago, on June 26, 2013, the Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that the federal government must recognize marriages between same-sex couples. This research brief shows:
- As of June 2017, nearly 1.1 million LGBT people in the United States are married to someone of the same sex, implying that more than 547,000 same-sex couples are married nationwide.
- Since Obergefell, at least 157,000 same-sex couples married.
- Since Windsor, at least 317,000 same-sex couples married.
New data from the Gallup Daily Tracking Survey—a nationally-representative survey that includes a measure of LGBT identity—indicate that 4.3% of adults in the United States identify as LGBT.
LGBT. The Gallup data indicate that 10.2% of LGBT adults are married to someone of the same sex, implying that currently nearly 1.1 million LGBT adults are members of more than 547,000 same-sex marriages.
Gates and Newport (2015) estimated that there were 390,000 married same-sex couples in the United States just prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell.Thus, since June 2015, at least 157,000 same-sex couples married in the United States.
In 2013, the year that the Supreme Court decided Windsor, an estimated 230,000 samesex couples were married.Thus, since 2013, at least 317,000 same-sex couples married in the United States.