STUDY: Majority Of Same-Sex Couples Raising Children Are Living In Discriminatory States

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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  • jstepp88

    I call BS on this. They listed Hinesville, GA as being number 3 in the nation as having the 3rd highest percentage in the country of gay couples with children in areas under 1 million people. Living about 30 minutes away from there, it isn’t true. It’s a military town, and there aren’t that many gay couples.

  • Scott Rose

    @jstepp88: Where there’s some lack of clarity is where the report talks percentages instead of numbers of people. If for example, in one town there are 10 gay couples, and 7 have children present in the home, then 70% of the gay couples in that town are raising children. While the study is interesting, gay-headed families should have local state and federal equality with hetero-headed families, no matter what any demographer can show.

  • BJ McFrisky

    Or, one could look at it from this perspective: The states to best raise a family are red, not blue.

  • JJinAus

    I am of the opinion that they are fools. There are no internal borders preventing them from moving to a place that would offer more legal protection. When something goes wrong they have to start fighting the legal system instead of addressing the problem. It’s crazy.

  • Desert Boy

    California allows same-sex couples and single gay people to adopt children. This study is laughable and arguably dangerous.

  • 2eo

    @BJ McFrisky: I don’t think you should talk about children given who you give money to you sick, vile little man.

    BJ recently donated $120 to the legal fund of a known conservative paedophile [95% of all paedophiles are very right wing].

  • BJ McFrisky

    @2eo: Why are you so obsessed with spreading lies about the people you disagree with? Are you truly that shallow? Can you come up with nothing better than “You rape children”? Your pathology is stunning.

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