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Same-sex Marriage Statistics 2004

April 14, 2005 - The Oregon Supreme Court's ruling voided the same sex marriage certificates issued by Multnomah county and registered with the state vital records office. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested that the Center for Health Statistics stop issuing certified copies of these marriage records. No other action related to the certificates will be taken until the Center gets further instructions from the DOJ. Get additional details about same-sex marriages in 2004 from the Oregon Department of Justice.

Related: Frequently Asked Questions about Same-Sex Marriage in Oregon.


Same-sex marriage: Statistics 2004

2004 YTD Preliminary Data Tables
Same-sex Marriages, Count & Percent
Previous Marriages for Both Spouses
Mean Age of Spouses by Previous Marriages
Marriages by Years of Education
Marriages by Residency

  Contact: Center for Health Statistics
(971) 673-1180
Profile of Same-sex Marriages for Licenses issued by Multnomah County from March 3, 2004 through April 20, 2004

 

2,968 same-sex marriages have been registered and the data have been analyzed. Fifty-six (56) marriage licenses are still being processed by the state vital records office or are being followed up by Multnomah County.


Comparisons are made to 11,004 non same-sex (male/female) marriages that occurred statewide from January through June.


Marriages among same-sex couples were more likely to be women. Between Male/Male (M/M) and Female/Female (F/F) unions, 2.4 times as many F/F unions occurred than M/M unions.


As might be expected, since the option for marriage was not previously possible for couples of the same gender, these unions were more likely to be first marriages. First marriages for M/M was 72.8% and 56.6% for F/F unions; while for the Male/Female (M/F) unions, 49.4% were first marriages for both spouses. Previous marriages for both partners in a couple was more common for M/F unions; 28.5% of both spouses in M/F unions had previously been married, while for M/M 3.8% had both been married, and for F/F 7.7% of both spouses had previously been married.


Also possibly due to the unavailability of marriage previously, couples in same-sex unions are on average older. Spouses in same-sex marriages are about 10 years older than male/female couples. The mean age for M/M unions was 43 for the 1st spouse listed on the marriage record and 41 for the 2nd spouse listed; for F/F unions the mean age was 42 for both spouses. For M/F unions the mean age of the groom was nearly 35 and for the bride it was 32. For first marriages among M/F unions, the mean age drops to approximately 28 and 26. For same-sex marriages there is no substantial difference in mean age between total and first marriage.


Education levels completed are higher for same-sex couples. Among F/F marriages, in 78% of the unions at least one of the spouses had 4 years of college or more. Among M/M marriages that percentage was 72%, and among M/F marriages around 36% had 4 years of college or advanced degrees.


Approximately 68% of both spouses in same-sex marriages were residents of Oregon; while in male/female marriages 86.5% of both spouses reside in Oregon. In M/F unions 6.2% of the marriages had one spouse that lived in Oregon and in 7.3% Oregon was the destination spot for their marriage (neither spouse resided in Oregon). In approximately 30% of same-sex marriages, both spouses lived in other states and Oregon was the destination site for their marriage.

Same-sex Marriages,
Oregon Occurrence, 2004 YTD Preliminary 1
  Count Percent
of Total
Total 2,968 100%
Male/Male 869 29.3%
Female/Female 2,099 70.7%
1 Preliminary data are undergoing editing procedures which
result in frequent and significant changes. Please use caution
when interpreting these data. Data can be used for tracking
recent events but are not appropriate for use in statistical analyses.


Previous Marriages for Both Spouses,
Oregon Occurrence, 2004 YTD Preliminary 1
  Total Number of
Marriages
for Spouse 1*
1st 2nd+ Unk.
Number of
Marriages
for Spouse 2
Male/Female Total 11,004 6,652 4,228 124
First Marriage 6,502 5,432 1,061 9
Second or More Marriages 4,373 1,203 3,140 30
Unknown Marital Status 129 17 27 85
Number of
Marriages
for Spouse 2
Male/Male Total 869 720 146 3
First Marriage 746 633 113 -
Second or More Marriages 120 86 33 1
Unknown Marital Status 3 1 - 2
Number of
Marriages
for Spouse 2
Female/Female Total 2,099 1,591 498 10
First Marriage 1,523 1,188 335 -
Second or More Marriages 571 403 162 6
Unknown Marital Status 5 - 1 4
  Percents
Number of
Marriages
for Spouse 2
Male/Female Total 100%      
First Marriage   49.4% 9.6% 0.1%
Second or More Marriages   10.9% 28.5% 0.3%
Unknown Marital Status   0.2% 0.2% 0.8%
Number of
Marriages
for Spouse 2
Male/Male Total 100%      
First Marriage   72.8% 13.0% 0.0%
Second or More Marriages   9.9% 3.8% 0.1%
Unknown Marital Status   0.1% 0.0% 0.2%
Number of
Marriages
for Spouse 2
Female/Female Total 100%      
First Marriage   56.6% 16.0% 0.0%
Second or More Marriages   19.2% 7.7% 0.3%
Unknown Marital Status   0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
1 Preliminary data are undergoing editing procedures which
result in frequent and significant changes. Please use caution
when interpreting these data. Data can be used for tracking recent
events but are not appropriate for use in statistical analyses.
* Spouse 1 is the first individual listed on the marriage
license, for male/female marriages this is the male.

- Quantity is zero.


Mean Age of Spouses by Previous Marriages,
Oregon Occurrence, 2004 YTD Preliminary 1
Mean Age Total Number of
Marriages
for Spouse 1*
Number of
Marriages
for Spouse 2
1st 2nd+ Unk. 1st 2nd+ Unk.
Male/Female Spouse 1 34.7 27.8 45.5 38.9 28.3 44.1 38.6
Spouse 2 32.1 26.3 41.1 37.0 25.5 41.8 35.1
Male/Male Spouse 1 43.0 41.9 48.4 42.0 42.6 45.5 38.0
Spouse 2 41.3 40.8 43.6 47.0 40.5 46.5 34.7
Female/Female Spouse 1 42.6 40.9 47.9 45.9 41.6 45.0 50.0
Spouse 2 42.2 41.0 45.7 47.4 40.3 47.0 48.2
1 Preliminary data are undergoing editing procedures which
result in frequent and significant changes. Please use caution
when interpreting these data. Data can be used for tracking recent
events but are not appropriate for use in statistical analyses.
* Spouse 1 is the first individual listed on the marriage
license, for male/female marriages this is the male.

Marriages by Years of Education,
Oregon Occurrence, 2004 YTD Preliminary 1
Total No College Either
Spouse
College
Male/Female 11,004 7,000 4,004
Male/Male 869 240 629
Female/Female 2,099 466 1,633
Percents
Male/Female 100% 63.6% 36.4%
Male/Male 100% 27.6% 72.4%
Female/Female 100% 22.2% 77.8%
1 Preliminary data are undergoing editing procedures which
result in frequent and significant changes. Please use caution
when interpreting these data. Data can be used for tracking recent
events but are not appropriate for use in statistical analyses.

Marriages by Residency, Oregon Occurrence,
2004 YTD Preliminary 1
Total Both
Spouses
Oregon
Residents
One
Spouse
Neither
Spouse
Oregon
Resident
Total 13,972 11,543 699 1,730
Male/Female 11,004 9,523 677 804
Male/Male 869 595 8 266
Female/Female 2,099 1,425 14 660
Percents
Male/Female 100% 86.5% 6.2% 7.3%
Male/Male 100% 68.5% 0.9% 30.6%
Female/Female 100% 67.9% 0.7% 31.4%
1 Preliminary data are undergoing editing procedures which
result in frequent and significant changes. Please use caution
when interpreting these data. Data can be used for tracking recent
events but are not appropriate for use in statistical analyses.
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