In the first three months that gay and lesbian couples could marry legally in California, an estimated 11,000 of them took their vows—a number that, according to a new study, is higher than the total in the first four years that gay marriage was legal in Massachusetts.
The data were released on October 6 by UCLA’s Williams Institute, which compared the number of marriages this year from June 17 to September 17 to the number of marriages recorded by counties in the same period last year. In Massachusetts, 10,385 same-sex couples wed in the four years after that state legalized such unions in May 2004.
“People have waited so long to be able to do this. . . . I’m sure that is the reason for the big response,” Stevie St. John, a spokesperson for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, told the Los Angeles Times.