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Younger gay men say, “I do” to Obama and Marriage Equality

Jack'd users Kyle and William

On anniversary of President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, 71 percent of Jack’d survey respondents believe Obama is making progress toward gay rights

BOSTON, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Jack’d, the fastest growing gay app in the world among young gay men, today released the findings of a community survey conducted among its users in the United States. Ahead of the second anniversary of Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage on May 9, Jack’d surveyed its users on their thoughts on marriage, relationships and the President himself.

Jack’d polled users across America using an in-app survey, which revealed that more than half of gay men (55 percent) foresee marriage equality in every state within 10 years. Only 11 percent felt that it would never be legal in every state. Overall users seem to be optimistic at the prospect of same-sex marriage with 86 percent stating they either live in a state where marriage is already legal or foresee its legalization.

Users also expressed their thoughts on the President with 81 percent saying they are happy that Obama has drawn direct comparisons between gay rights and the civil rights movement and 71 percent of respondents stating they believe Obama is doing outstanding or good work toward gay rights. Though when questioned on if the progression toward marriage was happening fast enough 58 percent of respondents acknowledged things are moving in the right direction, but just not quick enough.

“It’s great to see such positivity in the Jack’d community for the steps America has taken toward promoting same-sex marriage equality” said Adam Segel, Jack’d chief executive officer. “Jack’d represents such a young and racially diverse community, 80 percent of our users are 18 to 30, so it’s good to know this community feels supported and acknowledged.”

The survey also identified two African-American men Kyle and William, aged 22 and 26 respectively, who are happy with the changing climate of gay rights in America, “We are excited to live in a country where our President is supportive of same-sex marriage. We met through Jack’d two years ago, started our business PoseCookMove together, and are planning on getting married one day. As young, gay black men it means a lot to us that we have our President’s support.”

Further findings from the survey highlighted that gay men in America are open to finding love on gay apps like Jack’d. 29 percent of respondents had already met a boyfriend through Jack’d and 86 percent said they would consider marrying someone they met on the app. Jack’d users also don’t believe age is a restriction for adults wanting to marry with 82 percent of respondents citing that you don’t need to be married by a certain age to avoid being single forever, though 92 percent stated they would ideally want to be married either in their twenties or thirties.

In addition to marriage equality, the Jack’d survey found that users rated health (including HIV) as a top issue in 2014 followed by employment discrimination, violence and immigration.

About Jack’d
Jack’d is the fastest growing gay app in the world among young gay men with over 5 million users. It’s extremely popular with the next generation of gay men aged 18-30 who are attracted by the app’s free features and young community. 80 percent of users are aged 18 to 30 years old. The company is truly an international phenomenon as it is translated into more languages than any other gay app. Jack’d is owned by Online Buddies, the largest company in the world to connect men seeking men.