In the one year since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans individuals married to a same-sex spouse has increased 22 percent.
A new Gallup poll released Wednesday estimates about 9.6 percent of LGBT adults are currently married to a same-sex spouse, up from 7.9 percent before the landmark court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges last June. Gallup estimates about 123,000 same-sex marriages have taken place since the ruling:
Gallup currently estimates 3.9% of U.S. adults are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and 0.4% of U.S. adults are married to a same-sex spouse. These figures can be used to estimate there are approximately 981,000 U.S. adults in a same-sex marriage and, thus, 491,000 same-sex marriages in the U.S. That latter estimate is up from roughly 368,000 a year ago.
At the time of the historic decision last year, gay marriage was already legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The Court’s decision struck down prohibitions in the remaining 13 states. Gallup reports the rate of same-sex marriage has grown in all states since, and significantly in those 13 states.
Before the ruling, 26 percent of same-sex couples living in states where gay marriage was illegal reported being married anyway; after the ruling, that number increased to 39 percent. Before the ruling, 42 percent of same-sex couples living in states where gay marriage was legal reported being married; after, the number rose to 52 percent.