Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court provided the answer, a lot of gay Americans have been popping the question.
“Will you marry me?” that is.
About 96,000 gay unions have taken place in the U.S. since June, when the nation’s highest court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutionally guaranteed right to marry. The figure comes from a new estimate by Gallup, based on more than 277,000 polling interviews the firm conducted over the past year.
That’s probably not enough to constitute a boom for the wedding business -- except, perhaps, in some communities with a high share of gay residents. The U.S. records about 2.1 million weddings a year, according to government statistics.
Gallup’s surveys asked poll respondents if they were lesbian or gay and, if the respondent was married or living with a partner, whether the spouse or partner was of the same gender.
About 780,000 Americans were married to same-sex partners before the high court’s decision, according to Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute, who analyzed the Gallup data. That number has now risen to about 972,000.
In those more liberal states that had already legalized same-sex marriage, roughly half of all same-sex couples who are living together have now gotten married, the Gallup data indicate.