Gay Marriage by the Numbers
Last month, the Supreme Court had back-to-back cases involving gay marriage. A look at the gay marriage issue by the numbers:
• About 9 million: the number of Americans who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, according to a 2011 study by a scholar at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.
• 9 plus the District of Columbia: the number of states that issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The states are Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington.
• 30: the number of states, including California, that ban same-sex marriage in their state constitutions. Ten states bar them under state laws. New Mexico law is silent on the issue.
• Almost 9: the number of years gay couples have been marrying in Massachusetts, the first state to allow same-sex couples to wed. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in November 2003 that it was unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from marrying in the state. The court allowed weddings to start on May 17, 2004.
• 49: the percentage of Americans who now favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted in mid-March. Forty-four percent are opposed.
• 142: the number of days in 2008 that gay marriage was legal in California before voters banned it with Proposition 8.
• About 18,000: the number of gay couples who married in California during the window when it was legal.
• 9: the number of justices on the Supreme Court. Six of the justices are married, all of them to people of the opposite sex. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a widow, Justice Sonia Sotomayor is divorced, and Justice Elena Kagan has never married. —Associated Press