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How many US gay couples have tied the knot since June's Supreme Court ruling?

2015-11-06
Around 96,000 gay couples have gotten hitched since the US Supreme Court ruled in favour of legalising same-sex marriage across all 50 states, reports the Los Angeles Times. Arguments at the United States Supreme Court for Same-Sex Marriage on April 28, 2015 The figure was provided by Gallup, which estimated that around 972,000 Americans are now in a same-sex marriage, up from approximately 780,000 before the June 26 ruling. The research company also found that 45% of same-sex couples who are living together now report being married, compared to 38% before marriage equality. Same-sex marriage rates went up even in states where it was already legal – from 42% to 49%. In states affected by the Obergefell decision, the percentage of same-sex marriages rose from 26% to 31%. A 2011 study by the University of California’s Williams Institute estimated that 3.5% of the US adult population identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, while 0.3% were transgender. These figures amount to approximately 9 million LGBT Americans – that’s a little short of London’s 8.6m residents. More stories: Zachary Quinto is Attitude’s Red Issue cover guy Bette Midler’s incredible response to news that Justin Bieber doesn’t know who she is