With more than a year passing since the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled to legalize same-sex “marriage” nationally last summer, a recent Gallup Poll indicates that the number of homosexual couples tying the knot are at a minimal.
The newly released polling results conducted by the Gallup organization divulge how many Americans self-proclaim themselves to be part of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangender) community, as well as reveal the number of those who are currently acknowledged as being legally bound in a civil marriage.
Even though the actual number of homosexuals marrying after SCOTUS’s landmark Obergefell v. Hodges ruling is extremely low — especially after all of the national attention it received in the name of so-called “civil rights” — American organizations and the media are reportedly making the number appear relatively high.
“[A]pproximately 123,000 same-sex marriages have taken place since the Obergefell v. Hodges decision,” Gallup recently announced under the headline, “Same-Sex Marriages Up One Year After Supreme Court Verdict.”
A number of news outlets have also made the number of same-sex weddings appear to be soaring.
“Some news outlet emphasized the growth of such relationships even more strongly, with Time saying they are ‘Way Up’ and The Atlantic referring to ‘a surge in same-sex marriages in all 50 states,’” Family Research Council (FRC) reports.
But a mere increase in numbers is argued to be a natural result of legalizing a practice that was previously not lawful in many states.
“One would hardly have expected [the increase] to be otherwise, given that the Court had thrown open a door that had been closed by the state constitutions of 30 states (due to lower court decisions, however, only 13 states were still denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples by the time the Supreme Court ruled),” FRC pointed out.
However, the pro-family organization maintains that the numbers have been misleadingly presented to give the American public a false impression that a large proportion of same-sex couples are tying the knot as a result of the Supreme Court decision.
“The real news in the Gallup survey — missed by virtually every news outlet that reported on it — is not how many same-sex couples have now obtained civil marriages, but how few,” FRC’s Peter Sprigg contended.
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Michael F. Haverluck