Same-Sex Marriages in California

Publication Date: October 2008



Research Area: Law and ethics; Social conditions

Keywords: sexual orientation; gay; Same-Sex Marriage; California

Type: Brief

Coverage: California


We surveyed California counties in order estimate the number of same-sex couples who have married in the state in the first three months since these marriages were made legal in June, 2008. This estimate provides a context for the potential impact of the upcoming California voter initiative, Proposition 8, which would change California's Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. We estimate that more than 11,000 same-sex couples have married in California between June 17 and September 17, 2008.