Gay marriage by-the-numbers
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.