Gay mar­riage by-the-num­bers

GA Voice - - Wedding & Family - Sources: Free­dom to Marry, the Wil­liams In­sti­tute, Pew Re­search Cen­ter, U.S. Cen­sus Bureau, Public Pol­icy Polling

Same-sex mar­riage is legal in 37 states: Alabama, Alaska, Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia, Colorado, Con­necti­cut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illi­nois, In­di­ana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mary­land, Mas­sachusetts, Min­nesota, Mon­tana, Ne­vada, New Hamp­shire, New Jer­sey, New Mex­ico, New York, North Carolina, Ok­la­homa, Ore­gon, Penn­syl­va­nia, Rhode Is­land, South Carolina, Utah, Ver­mont, Vir­ginia, Wash­ing­ton state, West Vir­ginia, Wis­con­sin and Wy­oming – and the Dis­trict of Columbia. 30,000 same-sex cou­ples live to­gether in Ge­or­gia, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased the 2010 Cen­sus, and more than 28 per­cent are rais­ing chil­dren. Nearly 72 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion lives in a state cur­rently is­su­ing mar­riage li­censes to same-sex cou­ples.

47 per­cent of peo­ple of peo­ple polled by Pew Re­search Cen­ter in 2014 be­lieve a busi­ness pro­vid­ing wed­ding ser­vice, such as cater­ing and flow­ers, should be al­lowed to refuse those ser­vices to same-sex cou­ples based on re­li­gious rea­sons.

19 coun­tries al­low same-sex mar­riage: Fin­land, Lux­em­bourg, Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales, Brazil, France, New Zealand, Uruguay, Den­mark, Ar­gentina, Por­tu­gal, Ice­land, Swe­den, Nor­way, South Africa, Spain, Canada, Bel­gium, The Nether­lands.

There were an es­ti­mated 252,000 mar­ried same-sex cou­ples in the United States in 2013, out of 56 mil­lion to­tal mar­ried cou­ples. That’s up from 182,000 in 2012.

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