Same-sex couples have spent over $1 billion on weddings in just one year
Since the Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriages in June 2015, same-sex couples have spent over $1.3 billion on their weddings.
A report by Gary Gates – the recently retired scholar at the Williams Institute at UCLA – analysed a Gallup survey of 11,600 same-sex couples and a WeddingWire survey of the spending of 1,400 same-sex couples.
According to the report, same-sex couples spend on average $11,000 on their weddings, while couples of the opposite sex spend on average $15,000.
Meanwhile, almost 1 million U.S adults are in same-sex marriages – a 33% increase in the twelve months since the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last year.
The latest records show there are an estimated 981,000 adults who are in gay or lesbian marriages, in comparison to 734,000 a year ago.
That translates into nearly half a million same-sex marriages — an increase of 123,000 since June 2015.
The results also mean nearly one in ten LGBT adults are married to a member of the same sex – up from 8% last year.
This includes 10.5% of gay men and 8.8% of lesbians, according to Gallup.
And nearly half of all LGBT couples who live together are married today – up from 38% a year ago.
The increase has been slightly greater in states that did not have same-sex marriage until the Supreme Court ruled, with much of the increase taking place in the first few months after the high court’s ruling last year.