Gay Marriage

Huge Bump in Weddings in Calif. Following Gay Marriage Ruling

More married in month after it was legalized than any other month in years

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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.

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