Huge bump in California weddings following Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 - 10:20 am

More Californians were married in July after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing gay weddings than during any other month in at least eight years, according to new statistics from the California Department of Public Health.

About 30,800 California couples married in July 2013, up 35 percent from the prior July. The last time anywhere near that many Californians were married in a single month was in June 2008, when about 29,400 people married after gay marriages -- soon to be temporarily banned by Proposition 8 -- were first allowed in California.

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2013 reinstated gay marriage in California, ruling that proponents of Proposition 8 did not have legal standing to appeal an earlier court decision overturning the initiative.

This chart shows the number of marriages in California each July for the last eight years.

Source: California Department of Public Health

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