Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages around the U.S., more than a half million households are made up of married same-sex couples, according to figures the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.
Since 2014, the year before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriages, the number of married same-sex households has increased by almost 70%, rising to 568,110 couples in 2019, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Of the 980,000 same-sex couple households reported in 2019, 58% were married couples and 42% were unmarried partners, the survey showed.
There were slightly more female couple households than male couple households.
“Opponents of marriage equality frequently argued that same-sex couples really weren’t all that interested in marriage. But the large increase in marriages among same-sex couples since marriage equality became legal nationwide offers evidence of the clear desire for marriage among same-sex couples,” said Gary Gates, a demographer specializing in LGBT issues.
The survey revealed noticeable economic differences between male couples and female couples, as well as same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples.
Same-sex married couples had a higher median income than opposite-sex married couples, $107,210 compared to $96,932. In same-sex marriages, though, male couples earned more than female couples, $123,646 versus $87,690.
In the survey, the average age of a respondent in a same-sex marriage was 48, and the average age of the spouse was 47. Of those who responded to the survey as being in a same-sex married household, 82% identified as white, almost 7% identified themselves as Black and almost 4% were Asian. More than 13% were Hispanic.
More than 16% of same-sex married households were interracial couples, double the rate for opposite-sex married couples.
The U.S. had 122 million households in 2019. The number of gays and lesbian households in the U.S. is greater than 980,000 since that figure only reflected same-sex couples living together.
There is more information at the link above. For years the evangelical profesional haters have cried the gays were were going to destroy marriage. Has not happened. For years these same groups have cried the gays are going to destroy the US, sorry but that seems to be tRump and his cults job. I am 57 years old, and been out almost all of my life. Really even in the military I was in a progressive unit and even way back then it was semi OK. The higher ups protected the gay jr enlisted from the senior enlisted if there was a problem. But I am tired of this ongoing hate / bigotry inspired by religious people who don’t even understand the book they think the probitions come from. I am tired of some people wanting the right to hurt others. Really holy there. I am just wondering if they will ever see the truth. Other countries have had same sex marriage for over 20 years, and their people have better lives than the people in the US. Hugs