It’s easy to get lost in the recent hype surrounding marriage equality in America. Though we’ve made great strides by passing bills protecting same-sex couples in 12 states, people forget we still have a long way to go.

More importantly, people often forget about the children of same-sex couples, who are also affected by the discrimination their parents endure.

According to a study conducted by the Williams Institute, the metro areas in America with this highest percentage of same-sex couples raising children are in states with constitutional bans against marriage.


Topping the list are Salt Lake City, UT; Virginia Beach, VA; and Detroit, MI, which reported between 22-26% of their LGBT populations are raising children.

“Research consistently shows that same-sex couples raise children all across the country,” said Williams Institute public policy research fellow Angeliki Kastanis. “This analysis underscores the fact that recognition of LGBT families is a consequential policy question in every state.”

Download the full infographic and additional statistics at the Williams Institute’s website.

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