Numbers from the Virginia Department of Health show same-sex marriage makes up a larger percentage of marriages in Richmond every year and a similar trend is emerging across the state as well.
The numbers, released by VDH’s Division of Health Statistics, show the total number of marriage licenses given in the Commonwealth broken down into counties/cities, and then those numbers are split further into the number of same-sex marriage licenses.
The numbers start when same-sex marriage was legalized in October, 2014 by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. As you’d expect, there was a number of marriage immediately following that ruling, with a little under 1,600 – about 2.7 precent of total new marriages in the state – happening in the remaining two and a half months for the year. Richmond’s gay marriage count hit 119 in that same time period.
That 1,600 number was equal to about half the total marriage licenses issued the following year when 3,025 same-sex couples tied the knot. That made up 5.1 percent of total new Virginia marriages in 2015, an increase of 2.4 % over the year before. Here in Richmond we saw 160 gay marriage licenses issues against a total of 1,882, 8.5% of total marriages in RVA, an increase of 1.9 percent.
Numbers for 2016 only go as far as March of this year, but in those three months Virginia issued 385 marriage licenses to same-sex couples, about 4.1 percent of the total. Here in Richmond, 25 gay marriage licenses were issued against a total of 265 – a whopping 9.4 percent of the total so far.
What this data shows is same-sex marriages continue to make up a larger portion of total marriage licenses issued in Richmond. Sadly the numbers are not broken up by month, but if there is a surge of weddings this summer, or after March 2016 – Spring weddings, y’all! – those numbers might jump and put the total percentage higher across the state again.
Either way, congrats to everyone who tied the knot in the last two-ish years!
Top image - Lindsey Oliver and Nicole Pries tie the knot outside of the John Marshall Court house on Oct. 6, 2014.
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