In light of today’s Supreme Court ruling, our economic research team wanted to investigate where same-sex couples have been getting married in the United States.
Over the years, wedding officiating has been one of the most-requested professional services on Thumbtack, and we’ve helped thousands of couples in every state find someone to preside over their wedding ceremonies.
We looked at requests for wedding officiants in the last two years, specifically those that used terms like “same-sex” or “LGBT” in their request descriptions. We then looked at those requests as a percent of all requests on Thumbtack in that state, and ranked the states accordingly.
So which states have the highest rate of requests for officiants at same-sex weddings?
The top states in our ranking were New Mexico, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Delaware, all small states that had previously legalized same-sex marriage.
Unsurprisingly, the volume of requests for officiants at same-sex weddings was significantly higher in states where same-sex marriages had been legally recognized before today’s decision. For example, consider two neighboring states with similar populations: Pennsylvania legalized same-sex marriage in 2014, while Ohio did not recognize same-sex marriage before today. According to our data, Pennsylvania had 5 times the number of requests as did Ohio.
What makes this interesting? We know that same-sex couples live in every state in the U.S., but it turns out they have been almost exclusively choosing to celebrate their marriage with a ceremony in states that legally recognize it. According to Gallup, Pennsylvania has a smaller LGBT population than Ohio, but our data still shows far more requests for officiants at same-sex weddings there.
Same-sex wedding officiating has been such a popular request on Thumbtack that we recently added it as its own category, to make it even easier for same-sex couples to find someone to officiate their union. We’ll track the popularity of this request over time, and revisit what happens after today’s ruling, especially in those states near the bottom of the list.