Same-Sex Weddings By the Numbers (in Partnership With ‘The Advocate!’)
It’s been an exciting past few months for marriage equality. Indiana and Utah legalized gay marriage and June marked the one-year anniversary that the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and Prop 8 was dismissed.
So in celebration of LGBT pride month, we just released our second annual same-sex marriage survey in partnership with The Advocate. Here, a snapshot of some of the most interesting stats from the study.
- The words “commitment ceremony” and “civil union” are becoming scarcer: 82 percent of same-sex couples now use the word “wedding” on their invitations — up from 70 percent in 2013.
- 38 percent of gay and lesbian couples will propose with a ring and the other 62 percent may exchange rings before or after the proposal.
- 58 percent will have a formal proposal (compared with 94 percent of straight couples).
- 91 percent of same-sex couples will see their partners’ wedding attire in advance.
- 54 percent of gay and lesbian couples will keep their last names after the wedding.
- 49 percent will write their own wedding vows (compared with 23 percent of straight couples).
- 45 percent of gay and lesbian couples will take a traditional walk down the ceremony aisle.
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