This Sunday, we will mark one year since the Supreme Court decided in favor of loving, committed same-sex couples nationwide, making marriage equality the law of the land. Since the historic ruling, approximately 123,000 same-sex couples have gotten married across the United States.
“The proportion of same-sex cohabiting couples who are married has increased from 38 percent to 49 percent in the year since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide,” Gallup reported. “The proportion of married same-sex couples remains higher in states in which the practice had been legal before the Supreme Court's ruling – 52 percent to 39 percent, with only a slight closing of the gap in the past year.”
Additionally, Gallup reported that one in 10 LGBTQ adults report being married to a same-sex spouse.
Nationwide marriage equality ensured that married same-sex couples are recognized on the state level for tax purposes, healthcare decision-making, and inheritance determinations. On the federal level, these couples gained access to critical lifeline benefits like Social Security and Veterans spousal benefits-- programs that remained out of reach for couples that were unable to marry.
As we celebrate the thousands of newly married couples and this victory, we thank the LGBTQ advocates and allies who worked tirelessly for decades to make nationwide marriage equality a reality.