Thursday, August 25, 2011

901,997

Apparently, there are 901,997 gay and lesbian couples living in the United States, as reported by the 2010 Census.  I'm still not sold on that number, given that it only counts those people who actually said that they were spouses or unmarried gay partners.  If I remember correctly, the Census Bureau wavered back and forth on whether or not gay and lesbian couples should identify themselves in the census.  Heck, they even wavered on which specific gay or lesbian couples they would count.  After all, DOMA prevents them from recognizing our marriages.  I'm not the only one who is skeptical:
Dennis Ziebell, 61, the owner of Orphan Andy’s, a Castro neighborhood diner he opened 35 years ago, said he did not believe the count was accurate. “Take another survey, that’s all I can say,” he said. “I’ve been in a relationship for 36 years and nobody from the census asked me about it.”
Here are some of the more interesting stats from the Census information:

*Vermont appears to have the most same-sex couples (10.9 per 1,000 households).
*North Dakota appears to have the fewest same-sex couples (4 per 1,000 households).
*Mississippi appears to have the highest percentage of same-sex couples who are raising children (33%).
*Maine appears to have the lowest percentage of same-sex couples who are raising children (17%).
*Washington D.C., which obviously isn't a state, still manages to pull off two simultaneous records.  D.C. has more same-sex couples (19.3 per 1,000 households) than any state and a lower percentage of same-sex couples who are raising kids (10%) than any state.

Another thing that struck me as interesting was the overall percentage of same-sex couples who are raising kids.  With a handful of exceptions, most states average 20-30% when it comes to the percent of same-sex couples who have kids.

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