GALLUP: 61% Of Cohabiting Gay Couples Are Married

Gallup reports:

Two years after the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states could not prohibit same-sex marriages, 10.2% of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) adults in the U.S. are married to a same-sex spouse. That is up from 7.9% in the months prior to the Supreme Court decision in 2015, but only marginally higher than the 9.6% measured in the first year after the ruling.

As the percentage of LGBT adults in same-sex marriages has increased over the past two years, the percentage in same-sex domestic partnerships has fallen sharply from 12.8% before the Supreme Court ruling to 6.6%.

About half of the decline in same-sex domestic partnerships can be explained by the increase in same-sex marriages. The rest of the decline could mean that others formerly in same-sex domestic partnerships may have stopped living together, or no longer consider a same-sex cohabitant as a “partner.”

As a result of these shifts, Gallup estimates that 61% of same-sex, cohabiting couples in the U.S. are now married, up from 38% before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June 2015, and 49% one year ago.

  • Rex

    Shame on those nasty gays getting married.
    They should be living in sin as god intended.

  • Lazycrockett

    But but the end of the world.

  • lymis

    Hardly a shocker.

  • Ninja0980

    Coming up on six years here..wow!

    • another_steve

      Congrats! 😉

      Four years here, though I had been with my beautiful man for 39 years before that.

      • Ninja0980

        Since 03 here.

        • John30013

          Congrats! We’ve been married 2-1/2 years this month (we’re in Georgia, one of the last holdout states), but we’ve been together 24 years.

  • OT, but why can’t we just duplicate congress’s healthcare?

    • Ernest Endevor

      Because.

    • Smokey

      Apparently, additional tax cuts for the rich are more important than providing universal health care, supporting a booming segment of the economy, and oh yeah, we repugs love screwing our constituents.

  • Gustav2

    What’s our divorce rate like? Or do we have to wait for the 7 year itch?

    Asking for a friend.

    • Vinnie NYC

      The hubby and I are celebration as we call it “Sweet 16” yrs together this fall and married 4 at the end of summer.

      • Gustav2

        We are 32 years together, got married the week after Obergefell. It might stick.

        • another_steve

          Nice. Congratulations. 😉 We got married here in Maryland the year after marriage equality was approved in our state via referendum in November 2012.

          Our then-Governor (Martin O’Malley — remember him?) had signed equality legislation into law, but the theofascists managed to get it on the ballot the following November.

          • Gustav2

            For the wedding I wore white of course.

            Bwaahahahahahahaha!

  • Cuberly
    • Cuberly
      • Bryan

        I think we’re all pretty screwed.
        Just lie back and think of Mitch McConnell…

        • Cuberly

          Gah!

          • PickyPecker

            Yeah, that’s a boner-buster fer sure.

          • Jay George

            I hate Mitch McConnell with the white hot hate of a thousand burning suns. }:^{

          • PickyPecker
          • Jay George

            LOL! Every single time. It’s a blessing I haven’t spontaneously combusted my ownself.

          • Cuberly

            Speaking of turtleing…yeesh….

      • Do Something Nice

        I think it will be for people between the age of 50 and 64. At 65 everyone should be on MediCare.

        Still, it sucks.

      • PickyPecker

        TurtleMan doesn’t care. He’s got his. Fuck everyone else.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          #fuckoffanddiecare

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        What did us gen x-ers do to desrve this? Our parents and our children have no critical thinking skills and we are bookended by entitled generations.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Well, to be fair, more than a few gen x-ers went for the orange crested shitgibbon, so……

        • Lazycrockett

          Gen X got screwed from the beginning to the end.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        That’s just fucking ridiculous. I can’t imagine what it must be like to live with a sword above you head like that. Single Payer, all the way. But first, you have to reign in the regressive left and others to vote accordingly and then push for it. Until then, this is just going to get worse.

        What could have been but for “her emails”, BernieBros, Steinbots and pissy misogynist “progressives.”

        …and yes, I’m never going to let any of them forget what they did.

        • The_Wretched

          And Omarosa Many-Gaults thanks you for it.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Hey Turtlehead, Karma is very busy right now. But she promised she will get back to your as soon as possible. It’s not if rather when. So be patience.

      • William

        Hey Mitch, nobody fondly remembers Jesse Helms. Your grave will be a urinal.

    • Circ09

      I’ve been working as an independent contractor for years. And was self-insured at considerable cost before the ACA. But if ACA goes down I’m seriously considering going back to a regular job (if I can find one) with paid health benefits even though it will mean a huge change to my lifestyle.

      • Cuberly

        In the same boat. In fact I’ve already started looking for a full time gig. The non-profits I’ve been working with are getting rather skittish about their funding. Across the board they’ve scaled back upgrades and major projects.

  • Sabazinus

    Coming up on third anniversary…although we’ve been together for…uh…12? I think.

    • swimboy

      Kinda frustrating, isn’t it? My hubby and I have been together for 20 years, and celebrated the anniversary of our first date every year. Six years ago, we got married in Canada, and now we celebrate our wedding anniversary. The 14 year old in me feels like I lost my high score on a video game and have to start over.

      • j.martindale

        What good is an anniversary if you don’t celebrate. We count both of them. Coming up on 28 and 4.

      • another_steve

        LMAO.

        Perhaps the funniest thing I’ve read on JMG today.

        😉

      • Reality.Bites

        Here’s how you can compromise:

        1. In Canada, as in some US states, it’s been decided to legalize weed. Nowhere in these places has a court definitely ruled that there is a right to possess or use weed. It was a choice of the government or votes.

        2. Marriage bans were never legal in the US since the 14th Amendment or in Canada since the adoption of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the 1980s.

        3. 20 years ago you had the same legal right you do today to walk into your city hall and receive a marriage license. The fact that they would have refused you changes nothing about your actual legal rights.

        4. I see no reason why you shouldn’t consider yourself married from whatever time you would have married your husband if your rights hadn’t been illegally denied you.

  • Ernest Endevor

    See that? We are just as boring as the str8s!

    • Gustav2

      More so.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, for the most part the evenings (including the weekends) are pretty quiet for the hubby and I, with lots of Murder, She Wrote, NCIS and Castle watching being done.

        • Gustav2

          Tonight, a couple of beers watching DVR’d British Baking Show then dinner, BBQ pulled boneless chicken thighs done in the crock pot on a bun with cole slaw.

          Fancy, huh?

          • Ninja0980

            We do crock pot cooking as well.
            Ribs for us tonight.

      • Ernest Endevor

        Speak for yourself. I have to bathe the pugs and fix supper. Then we’ll watch Chris Matthews – well, the hubby will – then on to a Charles Boyer retrospective on TCM and bed by 10. Pretty action-packed.

        • Ninja0980

          Can’t watch Matthews, he interrupts way too much.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Would you please tell the hubby? I’ll gladly give you his cell #.

  • Frostbite

    Thanks Obama!

    • trog

      Wouldn’t it be “Thanks Supreme Court”?

      If I recall, Obama wasn’t exactly rah-rah-rah gay rights, especially that first term and certainly not without LGBT activists pushing him to “evolve.”

      • DaveMiller135

        I may be being overly generous, which I’m inclined to in these deranged days of Cheeto, but I think Obama had a grand plan that included a second term for him, followed closely by some evolution on his part in favor of gay rights. I’m not married to the idea, just speculatin’.

      • jayjonson

        Obama did not have to light up the White House in rainbow colors. He did that on his own. He also “evolved” to support same-sex marriage in 2012, and in doing so, he helped us immeasurably by campaigning in the four states that had same-sex marriage on the ballot in 2012 (Washington, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota) and in effect making the 2012 election a kind of referendum on same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court paid attention. Of course, we need to thank Justice Anthony Kennedy for the great decisions on gay rights that he made even before Obergefell.

  • Rex

    Congrats to all the happy couples.
    Sincerely,
    A miserable, single gay man.

    • another_steve

      Hon, fear not…

      If I had a dime for every miserable married gay couple, I’d be a wealthy man.

      • Todd20036

        If I had a dime for every gay couple where I was the “other man”…

        Wait, I just damned myself, didn’t I?

        • Treant

          Yes, but hopefully that’s a lot of dimes.

    • KCMC

      Welcome to group.

    • DaveMiller135

      Ixnay on the crackers in bed, and you’ll be fine, young man.

    • Archipelagos

      Ditto. I’ve resigned myself to evenings with Netflix and six cats.

  • Do Something Nice

    Married but only co-habitating part of the year.

    • Gustav2

      That is sometimes a sensible choice, for other couples a pain.

  • PickyPecker

    Congratulations to all married couples! And really, to ALL OF US as this is something we fought for. Yes, yes…there are those who will say we have given up our ‘uniqueness’ or some such thing, but really……marriage equality is simply JUST ANOTHER FUCKING RIGHT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN BORN WITH JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!

    Yours in sodomy
    PP

  • Ninja0980

    On a serious note, I know several couples that now have piece of mind due to this.
    That the nightmare that happened to so many other same sex couples where one was injured or died won’t happen to them.
    If my something happened to my one friend, his parents who threw him out of the house way back when would swoop in without a second thought and try and take everything away from his husband, as others have done.
    That can’t happen now.

    • Gustav2

      We had all our ‘paperwork’ done, but the marriage license tells everyone (yes, I’m looking at you bio-family) they can’t fuck with us.

      • Ninja0980

        As we’ve seen so many times, that paperwork might as well as be toilet paper when push comes to shove.
        Marriage is the only thing that offers true legal protections, as one friend’s ex-in laws learned several years ago when her wife died in CT and they tried to swoop in.
        They were told nope, a marriage license trumped their bigotry.

        • stuckinthewoods

          I really don’t understand this. In the 1980s when my third partner died, decades before marriage equality, a legally constructed will was sufficient to stop “swooping” in his and in the next two I was executor for. I’ve often suspected that in stories of a gay partner being sidelined that there wasn’t proper paperwork changing from the biological kin default. In Virginia you don’t have to name any individual in a will except minor children or a current legal spouse. I was told those people, unnamed, can invalidate a will. Otherwise no one else can if a will is properly drafted. Even in those first days of AIDS their legal wills prevailed, and they were tried.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I respect both your and Ninja0980’s point of view. All I want to say is I have family knowledge of cases where wills were destroyed by vindictive relatives who did indeed swoop–it’s how they got to the will and destroyed it (of course it’s a criminal act!). It’s probably not very common, but it happens.

          • stuckinthewoods

            I understand although it isn’t really the type of swoopage I meant. Original documents can disappear maliciously. Next week I have to go to court about a friend with dementia who “swooped” on her own documents (which naturally didn’t make her normal) to ask the court to recognize the attorney’s copy. I guess it’s a lesson in making sure one trusts who has access to the documents.

          • Fur Hunter

            Phillip….Exactly. Read my post above. It happened to a friend of mine.

          • Fur Hunter

            This happened to a friend of mine. His partner died. They had wills. The survivor would inherit all. WRONG!!!! The family came in and took everything. He took them to court. The judge said. “You are not family or a spouse. You lose.” Totally F-ed up. I was livid.

          • stuckinthewoods

            I’d be livid too. No way to appeal?
            I’m glad it wasn’t my experience in VA with friends with valid wills in those dying days of the 1980s. Even without that the experience hardened me and made me remove from humans.

          • Fur Hunter

            Back in the late 80s and early 90s, gays in Georgia were just getting a foot hold. Those ignorant Baptist religious fanatics constantly were protesting against the community. Every time I brought up marriage I got this…’Oh, you want special rights.” I wanted to smack the $H!T out of them. And God forbid they had been divorced. Then I would really let them have it. “Sweetie…if you can’t get it right, shut your F-ing mouth and don’t DARE tell me I can’t do it.” I never thought I would live long enough to see it happen. I saw property, belongings, homes, bank accounts, 401Ks taken away from the survivors of relationships….all because they were not a family member or spouse. Lewis and his partner had been together for 30 years and had an antique business together. When Neil died, his relatives came over from Alabama with a huge U-Haul, told Lewis to go to his room and not come out. They took EVERYTHING. Grand piano, valuable artworks, antiques. Lewis brought them to court with the will showing he was right of survivor-ship. Judge said. “Sorry. You’re not a family member or spouse and Neil’s family contested the will.” Lewis got…$H!T.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            As Blackstone said, “Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law”-unfortunately true in cases such as this

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Given the facts you have adduced, Fur Hunter (and depending a bit on the State where this took place), the trial judge was wrong, wrong, wrong, and would have been reversed on appeal (cold and expensive comfort, I know)!

          • Fur Hunter

            It was in…GEORGIA….Newt Country, where those religious @$$HOLES have no clue about homosexuality ecept that it is….AN ABOMINATION and YOU ARE GOING TO HELL!!!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I am very sorry to hear that, Fur Hunter! Georgia is a conservative State (as you well know), but that also means that in matters of wills, they are pretty strict in adhering to old English common-law concepts, as modified by statute.

            If validly-executed reciprocal wills were executed in accordance with the formalities required by statute (usually in writing, with a certain number of witnesses, who must provide addresses, etc.), then the Georgia Court of Appeals (hopefully) would have provided relief in this case (albeit expensively and not in a very timely manner).

          • Fur Hunter

            Phillip…I had to smile. You spell you name with two ‘L’s Just like my first partner. We were together for over 19 years. He was a fireman. He caught a cold and didn’t take care of it. When he finally went to see his doctor, he was put immediately in the hospital with rampant pneumonia. I was going to see him on that Friday, by the grace of his parents. That morning the phone rang. It was his cousin calling me to let he know he had died during the night. Phillip was such a great guy and handsome as all get out. I still miss him now 21 years later. But I am so sorry I got sidetracked. Lewis….so sad. All the time he took care of Neil while he was sick. When Neil died and the family took everything, Lewis went to Statesborough to take care of his aging parents. His father soon passed and his mom had to go into a nursing home. Not long after that, his mom passed. Now, here is the really sad part. Lewis who had taken care of so many in his life, had a heart attack in his home in Statesborough…all alone….and no one knew for many days. THAT should NEVER happen to anyone. To die all alone. I sit here remembering and my eyes are filled with tears. Lewis was such a fine man. It is sad…Just sad.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            No, you are right, Fur Hunter–that should NEVER happen to anyone! Let alone someone as beautiful and giving as Lewis. Thank you for telling a very small part of his story!

            I don’t believe the fairy-tale about his ‘knowing’ we are speaking about him lovingly, but at least he is LIVING IN US right now as we speak of him.

            And I don’t even have adequate words to address what you said about ‘your’ Phillip, and about how you were parted by fate and his family–especially cruel…. But I know a small part of the sadness you have suffered, and if you have suffered through that and are still here, then you must be a very superior person! 🙂

          • Fur Hunter

            Phillip..Thank you for your kind words. Now to get the rest of the story as Paul Harvey used to say it. Phillip died on May 10, 1996. Two years later, I met Dan. We were together for over 16 years. We were retiring here to Mexico together. The house here was to be finished in October of 2014. I got up on May 20, 2014 and fixed breakfast and went in to see if Dan was hungry. There he was, looking like he was asleep. He had had a heart attack and was gone. 13 years younger than me. So now I sit in our retirement house near the beach that Dan loved so well, by myself. Yes. I have jokingly said that I would died on a May 15th…right in the middle. I doubt I will ever get into another relationship. But I have many friends and they are wonderful. Phillip, thank you for your kindness. Take care and have a great weekend………..Thornton

        • Jeffg166

          We had the paper work in place but the marriage license sealed the deal once and for all. We also rewrote our wills for the second time naming each other the full beneficiaries of each other again. The lawyer told us it shows intent reinforced. Two consecutive will saying the same thing. The only reason I wanted to get marry was to not have to fight one of his relatives. One never knows what would happen, who would come out of the woodwork, when money is involved.

    • Vinnie NYC

      My husband and I are proudly one of those many couples.

      • Fur Hunter

        Vinnie….I am really happy for you. My Dan and I were going to when it became legal in Georgia, but that was going to take a Supreme Court decision, which came in June of 2015. Unfortunately, my Dan had a heart attack on May 20, 2014 and died. So it was too late for us. We had been together for over 16 years.

        • Vinnie NYC

          I’m so sorry to hear. My deepest condolences.

          • Fur Hunter

            Hey, Vinnie……Thank you so much…..If you scroll down on my Face Book Page on the timeline, you will see pictures of Phillip and Dan………Thornton

    • Todd20036

      I am not married to my partner, so I did a work around.

      He is now the beneficiary of my pension and my 401k. That supersedes any will.

      Oh, were my parents pissed! After calmly explaining to them *THIS IS MY MONEY. I GET TO DO WITH I WANT WITH IT. MINE! MINE! MINE! AND SCREW ANY STUPID THREAT YOU EVEN DARE TO TRY. DID I MENTION THIS MONEY WAS MINE???!!??!??”

      … the way facts were, they politely acquiesced (I dare you to cut me out of the will. I just dare you.)

      It helped that I was financially independent of them by the time the subject matter came up

      And yes, the words in the quotes and in the parentheses were uttered.

      • AmeriCanadian

        And therein lies one very big reason why families DON’T want us to be able to marry…their perceived monetary loss upon our demise. Good for you for telling them like it is!

      • stuckinthewoods

        I’d have remained silent, contentedly picturing their future futile rage upon discovering they weren’t my beneficiary.

      • Treant

        Why were your parents upset? Statistically, they should drop dead long before you will, and you’re not bound to leave it to any nieces or nephews. You could will everything to the ASPCA if you wished.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I wonder if this guy ended up with a dude
    https://twitter.com/MaxCRoser/status/876826163460681733

    • Jon Doh

      No need, he has those nine sheep.

    • safari

      I don’t want a hoop-skirt, and you must like cats … otherwise I’m sold.

      • another_steve

        Yes, but imagine what he smelled like after a day of working with all those animals.

        Turnoff.

        • safari

          Some hot water, soap from the general store… my hands. I suppose I should make bathing a requirement.

      • William

        It’s either hoop-skirt or tube top. Make your choice.

    • KenOfTheGardens

      I’ve been told my oats and potatoes are bully as well.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        But have you a fine heifer ?

      • William

        May I buy you a hoop-skirt?

        • KenOfTheGardens

          Pray do!

  • another_steve

    I dunno, sounds a bit high to me. Anyone else think so too?

    Also, all these “surveys” are for shit because a large swath of queer America will not so-identify to a stranger pollster.

    • Gustav2

      If you are married you are more likely to self-identify, after all you are already on a government list!

    • Hue-Man

      Seems high: Canada Census 2011
      64,575 — The number of same-sex couple families in 2011
      21,015 — The number of same-sex married couples.
      43,560 — The number of same-sex common-law couples.
      32% married.
      The equivalent 2016 Census data won’t be released until August 2, 2017.

      • Reality.Bites

        Canadians in general are far less likely to marry than Americans. In general, the same employer and government benefits are available to common-law couples. It’s not uncommon for couples to wait for a pregnancy before marrying.

    • KenOfTheGardens

      I read this wrong at first and thought, who doesn’t love a stranger polisher?

  • PickyPecker
    • rednekokie

      You won’t see that again for at least 4 years.

  • Blake J Butler
  • bkmn

    We are behind the times. Maybe now that my nephew’s wedding has come and gone I can bring up the subject again.

    • PickyPecker

      Tell them it’s a ‘shotgun’ situation. 🙂

  • Blake J Butler
  • bambinoitaliano

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    • Reality.Bites

      How could anyone be proud of drinking Pepsi?

      • Fur Hunter

        HEY…..I love the diet Pepsi!!! HEHEHEHEHE GRIN! Pepsi also owns Frito Lay who did the Rainbow Doritos that the F-ing religious fundamentalists raised Holy Hell about. Yep! I have an unopened bag on my kitchen counter…..and I have 6-2 liter bottles of Diet Pepsi in the fridge. YEAH!!!!! Kiss….Kiss.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      They only respect the sanctity of they being allowed to be bigots

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    • Natty Enquirer

      “Till death do you part, or you just feel like it.”

    • bambinoitaliano

      I think they misused the word. It’s the sanction on your marriage.

    • JT

      Christian hypocrisy is the worst hypocrisy.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Hell, it’s not even really a right so much as an artificial human construct created by men to keep women as property…if we’re being completely honest. /s

      • MusicBear88

        I know you’re being sarcastic, but in many ways marriage is an outdated institution and I have a number of philosophical problems with it. But since it is something with legal benefits, it must be legal on a civil level for all couples.

        • j.martindale

          I think a lot of us on this site would disagree about the “outdated institution.” Security, a promise of love that is kept, reliable emotional support, sense of family–I wouldn’t scoff at any of these. Some people might be able to get the comfort of all of this in an “open” relationship, I hear. But I can foresee lots of difficulties with those relationships. I was married to a woman for 15 years and had two children in that marriage, so I know the fragility of marriage. I wasn’t sure after 25 years that my husband and I needed to have a ceremony or legal papers to establish our relationship. But he is younger than me by 14 years. He has the comfort now of not having to fear an unknown event that could disrupt his future. And that makes me happy, too.

          • MusicBear88

            When I say that it’s outdated, I mean in the sense that it often deprived women of freedom, not that they had much in the first place, and in many places made them no better than property. I also mean in the sense that many people see marriage as something that is so dissolvable that it seems almost silly to do it in the first place.

            My grandmother on my mother’s side was a very independent woman who had a career, knew how to drive and owned a car, and didn’t settle for the first man who came along; she didn’t marry until she was in her late 30s, very unusual for 1945!

            For all the problems that I do have with the institution of marriage, I am with a man who told me a couple of months into our
            relationship that he “didn’t do the partner thing,” that I would be his
            boyfriend until such time as we decided to get engaged, then I would be
            his fiancé and then husband. And I like that a great deal.

        • like i was saying on another thread, it pisses me off to realize just how many benefits are denied to us, as unmarried people who chose not to raise children. i don’t know why marriage is considered such a highly moral and desirable goal.

          people change. circumstances change. people get jobs, and lose them. people move. people have complicated taxes. people need temporary or permanent benefits via their tax dollars. it’s wrong that married people are on the list of those who get those things easily while others don’t, esp if those married people add to the problem of overpopulation.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Agreed. I’m happily married and we did enjoy the ceremony and trappings, but at the end of the day, it’s a legal contract, nothing more; and yes, the rights and responsibilities should be available to those who choose a different path in their relationships.

  • Blake J Butler
  • MarkBuster

    To each other? Do their boyfriends know?

  • Natty Enquirer

    Why get married? For human beings, marriage is such an unnatural state. If you want monogamy, it has been said, you should marry a swan.
    Quentin Crisp

  • boobert

    Not married because I’d lose my health insurance . Looks like I may lose it anyway with this new bill. We have a civil union, but will get married when I get medicare in a year and a half ? lol

    • scream4ever

      Don’t count on the AHCA being approved. Word is 7 senators are NO votes and 3 are undecided.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I prefer ‘shacking up’ as my father would say …

  • DaveMiller135

    One feels such a slacker.

    Or maybe, like Annie in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” I’m just saving my money for a divorce, in case I happen to catch a husband.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • bambinoitaliano
  • bambinoitaliano
    • safari

      Henry Rollins is the epitome of what I find attractive in a man.

      • Todd20036

        He’s aged VERY well!

  • Jonathan Smith
    • safari

      4:45 ET, close enough.

      • Jonathan Smith

        yeah, but i should’a posted that about 8AM……

    • bambinoitaliano

      I’ll loaned you the 15 minutes. I can wait 😛

  • bambinoitaliano
  • bambinoitaliano
    • safari

      …but many of them are delicious

    • coram nobis

      What’s sex got to do with marriage?

  • pablo

    My first anniversary comes up in August.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • David

    The only problem is I can’t remember how long we’ve been married. There’s were 17 years together before, and we’re coming up on 20 so I guess 3, but that doesn’t seem right exactly…

    • edrex

      exactly so. hubs and i lived together for 22 yrs before we married 3 years ago. (it might have been four.)

  • bambinoitaliano
    • ChrisMorley
      • rednekokie

        Hmm — it hit 100 here today — someone ought to tell that poor guy that it’s more comfortable in the shade.

        • Natty Enquirer

          Mad dogs and Englishmen.

    • Todd20036

      That would be a welcome laugh in the morning!

    • William

      Good lord, the Tube can be blazing hot in February. I can’t even imagine it now.

  • metrored

    I suppose soon parents will be telling their gay sons that “he won’t buy the cow, if he can get the milk for free.”

    • bambinoitaliano

      I thought they buy the bulls for the mountain oysters?

    • MusicBear88

      He won’t buy the farmhand if he can get milked for free?

  • coram nobis

    ” The rest of the decline could mean that others formerly in same-sex domestic partnerships may have stopped living together …”

    Or it could mean they upgraded to marriage. As long as the same DPs marry each other, it’s not a problem. Wasn’t in California.

  • DumbHairyApe

    I don’t understand. How can 39% of me NOT be married? Do I get to pick what 39%??? Cuz if so, I gotta go get ready for the weekend.

    • David Milley

      (chuckle) That was one of the first things hubby and I worked out, oh so many years ago.

  • rednekokie

    I, for one, consider that to be a good sign.
    Too late for me, but just fine for the youngsters coming up now.

  • DumbHairyApe

    (Going on 28 years with my husband, married since 2008.)

    • The New Paige Turner™

      Its a phase – you will grow out of it Im sure…….

  • i’m happy to be in the minority. we’re not married for a boatload of reasons, some very personal and some sadly practical given some of the details of our current situation. mazel tov to all you more newly wed folks. don’t forget that for some of us, it’s not a gig we prioritize.

  • Jack

    Going on 18 years and I STILL can’t get him to marry me. Wait until he see how I changed my will.

  • Reality.Bites

    I can’t imagine it being that high in Canada.

  • Oshtur

    And in case anyone is interested about 88% of multisex cohabitation couples are married. 61% after 2 years isn’t that shabby.

  • Jukesgrrl

    I await Gallup’s poll on how many straight marriages have been ruined by all these legal gay unions.

  • Treant

    I got married in November after fourteen years of cohabitation.

    I just hope we didn’t rush things.

    • fuzzybits

      After we were married I told the judge it only took 31 years.

  • William

    We’ve been shacked up for 19 years and still aren’t married.

  • JCF
  • Fur Hunter

    In my lifetime, I have seen totally despicable things happen to the partner left behind ALL because they did not have the protection of marriage. And the STUPID, ignorant religious fundamentalist will NEVER get it. Marriage is a civil matter, NOT a religious one. We are not fighting for the ability to walk down an aisle, holding a bouquet of flowers. We are fighting for the right of inheritance, 401Ks, property, bank accounts, hospital visitations, insurance. I can tell you horror stories of things that have happened to friends of mine when their partner died and you would NEVER believe the stories saying…”Oh..That could never happen.” Well, Sweeties, it sure as Hell did and it irked the $H!T out of me when it happened. So all those @$$HOLE fundamentalists can take that BOOK and shove it up their @$$es where it belongs with all the other $H!T.

  • Fur Hunter

    No one who is a divorced person should have the right to tell ANYONE they can’t get married since they can’t seem to get it right. They need to keep their f-ing mouths shut.