same-sex marriage

Nearly 1,000,000 Americans Are Now In Same-Sex Marriages


A recent Gallup poll estimates that 96,000 gay weddings have taken place in the U.S. since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. 

The survey reveals that it isn’t just couples who reside in states where gay marriage had previously been banned who are electing to tie the knot in increasing numbers, but also couples who reside in states that had previously ruled in favor of marriage equality. 

“Currently, 49% of same-sex couples living together in states where same-sex marriages were already legal report being married, compared with 42% prior to the decision. That means same-sex couples living together in these states are now as likely to be married as not.”

According to Gallup, there are now approximately 972,000 Americans in same-sex marriages. In all, 9.6% of LGBT Americans describe themselves as being married to a same-sex partner, up from 7.9% before the Supreme Court’s landmark decision.

Congratulations to all of the happy newlyweds!


H/T: NewNowNext



Prop. 8's Stay Has Been Lifted!

Updated Friday at 3:45 p.m. (PST):

We just received word that the Prop. 8 plaintiffs, Jeff Zarrillo & Paul Katami, will marry tonight in L.A., while Kris Perry & Sandy Stier are already in line at S.F City Hall. California Attorney General Kamala Harris will marry the ladies, while L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will reportedly marry the guys later today. Below are photos of both couples obtaining their certificates:


Congrats to both couples!!


Original Post:

Despite initial reports that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would wait 25 days to lift the stay on Prop. 8, the discriminatory rule was officially killed this afternoon! The court has now cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California.

All it took was one sentence—“The stay in the above matter is dissolved effective immediately—by the appeals court judge to put the original trial court ruling (which struck down Prop. 8) back into place.

HRC president Chad Griffin said of today's news, “After four and a half long and painful years, justice for committed gay and lesbian couples has finally been delivered. In California, a time of struggle and indignity are over, and love, justice and freedom begin anew. And now, no election, no judge—no one—can take this basic right away. At long last, marriage has finally returned to the most populous state in the nation."

The court lifted its stay based on an injunction which orders state officials to stop enforcing Prop. 8. Governor Jerry Brown had initially ordered the state to begin issuing marriage licenses as soon as the stay was lifted. Reports indicate that same-sex couples are welcome to obtain marriage certificates effective immediately. 


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