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California beats Massachusetts on gay marriage totals

October 6, 2008 |  3:22 pm

Gay California has married more same-sex couples in three months than Massachusetts has married in three years, according to a new study from UCLA’s Williams Institute for the study of law and sexual orientation.

The study, released today, found that an estimated 11,000 same-sex couples have married in California between June 17, when the marriages become legal, and Sept. 17. Five counties -- Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Riverside and Alameda -- accounted for 80% of those marriages.

The institute, which is the nation’s only think tank dedicated to studying law and policy as it pertains to sexual orientation, also released studies that found that there are more than 109,000 same-sex couples in California, and 52,000 children are living in those households.

-- Jessica Garrison

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