Data released from the U.S. Census this year shows an 80 percent increase in reported same-sex couples from the 2000 Census.
Though gay couples make up only 1 percent of married and unmarried couples in the U.S., more were reported in every state this time around. This means same-sex couples are becoming more willing to report their status in official data, even though bans on gay marriage or civil unions are popping up every which way.
The results include the first estimate of the nation’s gay married couples. More than 131,000 same-sex couples identified themselves as husbands or wives, accounting for about 1 in every 5 gay couples who live together.
But the new numbers may not represent a real increase in gay couples as much as a change in attitudes. Some demographers say the stigma of homosexuality is easing, emboldening more people to disclose their same-sex partnerships. As evidence, some of the biggest increases in gay couples occurred in unlikely places.
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