Asked in Same-Sex MarriageDemographics
How many same-sex couples in the United States want to marry?
February 03, 2013 5:00PM
When experts estimate the number of same-sex couples that will marry in state once same-sex marriage is legalized, they generally use fifty percent of the number of same-sex couples reported in the census.
If this calculation is used on a national basis, approximately 280,000 of the US's (2008) 564,743 same-sex couples will choose to marry when legal marriage is available. Already in that year, 100,000 couples reported to the census bureau that they are already in a relationship they consider to be marriage. This presumably included civil unions and domestic partnerships, since the actual number of same-sex marriage licenses issued in the US was nowhere near that many in 2008.