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2016 Contemporary Couples & Current Wedding Trends Report

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STUDY PURPOSE LEGAL LANDSCAPE To compare trends and behaviors across the modern wedding market following landmark SCOTUS decisions on same-sex marriage. To capture the "real story" about how all couples (both same-sex and opposite-sex) are planning today. In June 2013, SCOTUS struck the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruling that legally married couples are entitled to federal benefits. This marked a beginning shift when LGBTQ had more options in where to get married. In June 2015, SCOTUS ruled in several appellate cases (including Obergefell) requiring that all states must uphold the fundamental right of same-sex couples to marry in all U.S. jurisdictions.

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