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What research says about same-sex marriage

In June 2015, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in Florida and the rest of the country. The court ruled 5-4 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that limiting marriage to heterosexual couples would be a violation of the 14th Amendment. While only 37 percent of Americans were supportive of same-sex marriage in 2007, that number increased to 62 percent in 2017 according to a Pew Research poll.

Although support has generally increased for same-sex marriage, not all demographics support it equally. Of those who are not affiliated with a religion, 85 percent say that they favor same-sex marriage while only 68 percent of white Protestants and 67 percent of white Catholics support it. Among black Protestant Americans, 44 percent agree with this concept. Millennials are also more likely to be supportive of same-sex marriage compared to those in previous generations.

Among same-sex couples, 84 percent said that love was their main reason for getting married. This was close to the 88 percent of heterosexual couples who also cited that. Companionship was another main motivation for getting married among both same-sex and heterosexual couples. However, same-sex couples were more likely to point out the extra legal rights that marriage afforded them while being less likely to say that children were a reason for getting married.

In the United States, same-sex couples who are married generally have the same rights that heterosexual couples do as it relates to being parents of a child. This means that any child born to a woman in a same-sex marriage will likely have two legal parents. The laws regarding same-sex adoption are more complex, and an attorney's guidance might be helpful in this regard.

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