LANSING, MI. (WLNS) – The number of marriages in Michigan is on the rise.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services data shows 57,071 Michigan couples said “I do” in 2014 — the highest number of marriages in the state in 2006.
Marriages in counties more locally are also on the rise.
Jackson County processed 1,039 marriage license affidavits in 2015, which is higher than the 946 affidavits processed the year before.
And marriage license applications in Ingham County increased from 1,795 in 2013 to 1,940 in 2015.
Marriage rates have typically trended downward since the 1970s.
But Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum says this trend hasn’t been so prevalent in Ingham County recently.
She says it’s because of last year’s Supreme Court decision to make same-sex marriage legal.
“Over the years, we’ve seen an increase in marriage licenses applied for,” Byrum said. “And of course most recently, now that all loving couples may marry, we’re seeing an increase in all of those families that have waiting so long to finally join together in marriage.”
Byrum says she expects to see the marriage rates in Ingham County go up even more over the next few years.