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.
Despite all the hype after the one-year anniversary of Obergefell, the statistics revealed by Gallup are far from impressive when it comes to the actual proportion of Americans tying the knot who are engaged in homosexual behavior.
“Gallup currently estimates 3.9 percent of U.S. adults are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender,” the Gallup report states. “Currently, 9.6 percent of LGBT adults report being married to a same-sex spouse.”
Sprigg says that the numbers are anything but awe-inspiring for the homosexual community.
“[A]fter all the hullabaloo over same-sex marriage, all the insistence that marriage was essential to affirm the dignity of lesbian and gay Americans — less than one in 10 have even bothered to take advantage of this critical new ‘right?’” he muses, before anticipating ways the LGBT community might try to justify the low numbers. “’Well,’ you may point out, ‘adults can be as young as 18 years old. They may not feel ready to marry, or they may not have found the right person yet, or they may be between relationships. Not all heterosexual adults are married at any given time, either.’”
Then, Sprigg went on to shoot down the homosexual community’s presumed arguments.
“All this is true — so let’s compare the 9.6 percent of ‘LGBT adults’ who are in same-sex marriages with the percentage of the general population (the vast majority heterosexual) who are married,” the social conservative suggested. “That figure has been in decline for decades — partly because people are waiting longer to marry, partly because of an increase in cohabitation outside of marriage, and partly because of an increase in divorce.”
Also mentioned was a 2014 report issued by the federal government that was publicized in an article titled “Number of Unmarried Americans Now Over 50 Percent.” It was further reported by the conservative news outlet that the proportion of those choosing not to wed in America is on the rise.
“[T]he Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the number of Americans over the age of 16 who are unmarried leapt from 37.4 percent in 1974 to 50.2 percent today,” NewsMax announced, while just 49.8 percent were married.
Sprigg used these stats to show how marriage — even though it is declining in popularity in America — is not nearly as valued by the homosexual community.
“Yet if five out of 10 heterosexuals are married, and only one out of 10 ‘LGBT’ adults is in a same-sex marriage, this suggests that LGBT Americans are only one-fifth as likely to marry as are heterosexuals,” he pointed out.
The conservative Christian went on to play devil’s advocate once again.
“’Perhaps,’ you may respond, ‘it’s just harder for LGBT people to find partners than for heterosexuals … [w]hat about the marriage rates among people who have already found a partner they are living with?’” Sprigg posed before answering his own hypothetical question. “The Gallup report offered data on that question as well — in fact, it led with it, beginning its report by declaring, ‘The proportion of same-sex cohabiting couples who are married has increased from 38 percent to 49 percent in the year since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.’”
He then looked at the statistics from another perspective.
“However, 49 percent being married means that 51 percent of ‘same-sex cohabiting couples’ — an outright majority, although a slim one — are still ‘living together but not married,’” Sprigg continued.
The champion of biblical values proceeded to address more concerns often brought up by arguments often used by the LGBT community and the Obama administration to promote homosexuality in the name of so-called “civil rights.”
“What about all the arguments that legal civil marriage was absolutely essential to same-sex couples, because it is the only way to provide for inheritance rights, and medical decision-making, and over a thousand other ‘benefits’ attached to marriage under federal law?” he asked before answering his own question again. “It looks like most same-sex couples can do without civil marriage after all.”
In fairness, Sprigg took a look at the lifestyle choices of straight American adults, which didn’t shed the homosexual community in a positive light when it comes to commitment.
“’Lots of opposite-sex couples cohabit instead of marrying, too,’ you may say, and that is true,” he conceded. “According to the Census Bureau, in 2015 there were 8.3 million households with opposite-sex unmarried couples — and 60 million married couples. That means that about 88 percent of opposite-sex couples living together were married, vs. only 12 percent that were cohabiting without marriage.”
Sprigg then did the math to make his point more clear that straight Americans have a much higher regard for marriage and fidelity than those identifying as LGBT.
“If the percentage of same-sex couples who reject marriage (by cohabiting instead) is 51 percent, and the percentage of the general public who do the same thing is only 12 percent, this suggests that those in homosexual relationships are over four times more likely to reject marriage than those in heterosexual relationships are,” he concluded.
Examining the data further
Challenges in comparing the data of homosexual and heterosexual populations were then identified.
“First, unless it is explicitly separated out, data for the general public includes LGBT persons (although they are only a small fraction — about one in 25),” Sprigg conceded. “The second issue — which Gallup may want to consider in its future reports — is that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons are four different populations, which really ought to be addressed separately. They tend to be lumped together only because they are perceived as having common political interests (in challenging traditional norms for their sex), not because they share sociological characteristics. Gallup distinguished them only in part, by noting, ‘Males who identify as LGBT are more likely than females who identify as LGBT to report being married to a same-sex spouse (10.5 percent vs. 8.8 percent, respectively).’”
Another complication was then brought up and addressed — one that could blur the lines.
“There is no reason to expect that bisexual or transgender persons would necessarily seek marriage to a person of the same sex (although they might),” the FRC writer based in the nation’s capital explained. “It is just as likely that they would be married to someone of the opposite sex (although even defining who the opposite sex is could be problematic in the case of transgender persons).”
Looking at the number closer, Sprigg pointed out the “most startling” discovery in Gallup’s report — one he says the press failed to notice or report on.
“[M]ore ‘LGBT Americans’ are married to an opposite-sex spouse than to a same-sex one,” he stressed. “Gallup reports that 13.6 percent of ‘LGBT Americans’ are married to an opposite-sex spouse — a number 42 percent higher than the 9.6 percent of ‘LGBT Americans’ now legally married to a same-sex spouse.”
Sprigg was disappointed that Gallup did not highlight this fact that would help Americans better understand the true nature of homosexuality better.
“To interpret this figure, it would be helpful if Gallup had released more data specifically on those who identify as bisexual (sexually attracted to both males and females) — what percentage of ‘LGBT Americans’ are actually ‘B,’ and what percentage of just the ‘B’s’ are married to or living with a same-sex vs. an opposite-sex partner,” he added. “A recent federal report based on the National Survey of Family Growth said that self-identified bisexuals may actually outnumber self-identified homosexuals — narrowly among men (2.0 percent of the population vs. 1.9 percent) and widely among women (5.5 percent to 1.3 percent).”
However, Sprigg was pleased to see that Gallup did manage to shed some light on relationships between LGBT individuals and those of the opposite sex.
“Gallup did report that 5 percent of LGBT’s are living with an opposite-sex partner outside of marriage,” he noted. “These cohabitors are 27 percent of the opposite-sex couples in the LGBT population, which means that even ‘LGBT Americans’ in opposite-sex relationships are only about half as likely to reject marriage in favor of cohabitation as those in same-sex relationships.”
Sprigg then uncovered what he believes to be a revealing observation that he noticed from the statistics about those who divert from their natural sexuality.
“Perhaps the most intriguing of all would be to learn how many people in the Gallup survey identify as ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian,’ yet are married to someone of the opposite sex … Could it be that some people place fidelity to a vow they have made to a husband or wife ahead of solidarity with their ‘sexual orientation?’” he contemplated. “If this number is anything other than zero, it would put the lie to Justice Anthony’s Kennedy’s assumption that one-man-one-woman marriage laws prevent ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ persons from marrying at all.”
He then drew his own conclusion from the latest data on homosexuality in America, emphasizing that the SCOTUS ruling had the effect of making more of a statement — rather than providing for a need.
“One thing should now be clear — the drive to redefine the institution of marriage was not really about marriage,” Sprigg concluded. “The data from the Gallup report prove that most people with same-sex sexual attractions do not ‘need,’ and do not even want, to marry. The primary purpose of redefining marriage was not to gain access to the institution of marriage, but to put the official governmental stamp of approval on homosexual relationships by declaring them identical to heterosexual ones, even though they clearly are not.”