A pollster has estimated that nearly one million Americans are in same-sex marriages.
A Gallup estimate this week estimated that 972,000 Americans are now in a same-sex marriage – with approximately 200,000 of those having married after the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that cemented same-sex marriage across all 50 states.
The estimate was calculated using data from thousands of interviews with LGBT Americans before and after the ruling, along with data from the Williams Institute estimating that 3.5% of Americans identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
The results indicated that there have been 96,000 same-sex weddings since June 26, and a total of 972,000 American’s in same-sex marriages.
Gary J. Gates from Gallup suggested that the nationwide adoption of same-sex marriage would fundamentally change the the face of lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships, saying “If those trends continue, marriage will soon overtake domestic partnerships as the more common relationship status among committed same-sex couples.”
Earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled in favour of marriage equality after hearing months of testimony in ‘mega-case’ Obergefell v. Hodges. The 5-4 ruling forced all 50 states to recognise same-sex marriages and protect LGBT citizens’ right to marry.
Public support for same-sex marriage hit record highs earlier this year, as public approval reached 60% and has continued to grow over the course of the year.
Anti-gay Republican Rick Santorum claimed that same-sex marriage would would cause a “global crisis” unless the Supreme Court decision was overturned.