In 2018, more Pennsylvanian couples than ever married than at any point in nearly two centuries.
In a year when Pennsylvania has seen a wave of high-profile cases of same-sex marriage and a surge in the number of people seeking to marry in other states, Pennsylvania has experienced a steady surge of same sex couples, according to a CNN analysis of marriage records.
The total number of couples marrying this year exceeds the total number married in the entire nation in the last 100 years, when the total total number was 7.9 million, according the data compiled by the National Center for Marriage and Family Research.
That’s more than four times the number married today, according a CNN poll.
In 2018, at the end of May, there were 7.4 million same sex marriages in the United States.
That was an increase of 9 percent from the year before.
The number of gay and lesbian couples married rose 6.4 percent in 2018 to 4.4, according data compiled for CNN by the gay rights group GLAAD.
The number of straight couples married fell 6.7 percent to 1.8.
This is the first time in a decade that same sex marriage has increased across the country, according