5 Facts about the Changing Marriage Equality Landscape

Things you should know while we await the Supreme Court decision

by chris lindsey & liz rodriguez | 2015 FC co-chairs

by chris lindsey & liz rodriguez | 2015 FC co-chairs

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could be decisive in establishing marriage equality in all 50 states. The pace of progress on the issue has been incredible and we thought it might be a good time to take a look at just how far we have come.

Just two years after first time a marriage equality case hit the Supreme Court, here’s where we stand:

1) Prior to the Windsor and Perry rulings in 2013, same-sex couples could legally marriage in 10 states, plus the District of Columbia. Today, same-sex couples can marry in 37 states.

2) There are already 60,000 married same-sex couples in the 13 states still waiting for marriage equality to be the law.

3) Currently, 195 million Americans support marriage equality.

4) According to a 2013 NBC/WSJ poll, 79 percent of Americans say they know someone who is gay or lesbian – that’s a 17 point increase in less than 10 years. 

5) Despite what the opposition may say, only three percent of marriage equality opponents would “protest a Supreme Court decision overturning marriage” nationwide, according to according to a June 2014 HRC poll.

Marriage equality may soon be a reality across the country!  And that is because of all the dedication and support that so many of you have given over the years. Our struggle is far from over, but last week in Washington DC, we took a huge step forward!

We will find out in June what the court decides.  Until then, we can take a lot of comfort in seeing just how far we have come!