Gay Marriage Facts and Statistics

Here are gay marriage facts and statistics. This post is updated for 2024. I gather facts and statistics from around the internet so you don’t have to. I keep this post up to date.

Legal Status

Global: As of 2023, 34 countries have legalized same-sex marriage.

Source: Pew Research Center

United States: Same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide on June 26, 2015, following the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Source: Supreme Court Ruling: Obergefell v. Hodges

Public Opinion

United States: According to a 2022 Gallup poll, 71% of Americans support same-sex marriage.

Source: Gallup

Global: Support varies widely; for example, a 2021 Ipsos survey found 80% support in Western Europe, but much lower support in many African and Middle Eastern countries.

Source: Ipsos

Economic Impact

The Williams Institute estimated in 2020 that legalizing same-sex marriage in the U.S. has contributed over $3.8 billion to the national economy, primarily through weddings and associated spending.

Source: The Williams Institute

Marriage Rates

United States: From 2015 to 2020, over 513,000 same-sex marriages were recorded.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Europe: In countries like the Netherlands, which legalized same-sex marriage in 2001, same-sex marriages have been steadily increasing, with thousands of same-sex couples getting married each year.

Source: Statistics Netherlands

Divorce Rates

United States: Data indicates that same-sex couples have slightly lower divorce rates compared to opposite-sex couples. For example, a 2019 study showed a divorce rate of 1.1% for same-sex couples versus 2% for opposite-sex couples.

Source: UCLA School of Law

Adoption and Parenting:

United States: Same-sex couples are four times more likely to be raising adopted children compared to opposite-sex couples. Approximately 21% of same-sex couples are raising children.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Health and Well-being:

Studies indicate that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is associated with improved mental health outcomes among LGBTQ+ individuals, including reductions in depression and anxiety.

Source: JAMA Psychiatry

Legal Challenges

In many countries, same-sex marriage remains a contentious issue, with ongoing legal and political battles. For instance, in Poland and Hungary, there have been significant political pushbacks against LGBTQ+ rights.

Source: Human Rights Watch on Poland

Workplace Impact

Research has shown that in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is legal, LGBTQ+ employees report higher levels of job satisfaction and are less likely to experience workplace discrimination.

Source: The Economist

International Comparison

Countries with the earliest legalization: The Netherlands (2001), Belgium (2003), and Canada (2005).

Source: CNN

Recent adopters include Switzerland (2022) and Chile (2022).

Source: Reuters on Switzerland

Source: NBC News on Chile

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