Here are the 10 states with the most officiant marriages in the United States:1.
West Virginia 5.
North Dakota 7.
Wyoming 10. New Mexico
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On March 14, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that marriage licenses could be invalidated if a petitioner could show a “substantial likelihood” that a marriage would violate a “public policy.”
The decision came on the heels of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Obergefell v.
Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
The ruling in that case led to the end of the state’s ban on same-day marriage.
The ruling also overturned a lower court decision that had ruled that the state could not recognize marriages that were solemnized by clergy, who are prohibited by the Pennsylvania Constitution from officiating in same-gender marriages.
This case involved the state of Pennsylvania’s denial of the licenses of a couple who had been married in a state-recognized ceremony.
In a statement on the court’s decision, Justice Rebecca Bradley said:This case is a reminder that while the state has the right to ban same-person marriage, it is also entitled to respect for the constitutional right to marry.
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