Census: More Gays Say They're Married Than Actually Could Get Hitched
The Associated Press examined the data and then sought explanations:
Analysts said the disparities are probably a reflection of same-sex couples in committed relationships who would get married if they could in their states. The numbers are also an indicator of the count to come in the 2010 census, a tally that could stir a state-by-state fight over same-sex marriage, gay adoption and other legal rights.
A breakdown of the numbers follows the jump . . .
The first census on same-sex couples in the U.S. found:
* Nearly 150,000 gay and lesbian couples reported being married last year;
* The 27 percent of the estimated 564,743 total gay couples saying they were in a relationship akin to "husband" and "wife" compares to 91 percent of the 61.3 million total opposite-sex couples who report being married.
* There were roughly 100,000 official same-sex weddings, civil unions and domestic partnerships in 2008.
* About 56 percent of the 149,956 total same-sex marriages in the census survey last year were lesbian couples.
* Same-sex spouses were reported in every state even though gay marriage was only legal in California, Massachusetts, Iowa and Connecticut in 2008. A handful of other states recognize civil unions and domestic partnerships and same-sex couples also can marry in Canada and other foreign countries.
* In 2007, 341,000 out of 753,618 total same-sex couples reported being in a marriage relationship, even though only about 11,000 marriage licenses had been issued in the country. The numbers were even higher for 2005 and 2006; about 390,000 each year reported being in a same-sex marriage out of nearly 780,000 reported gay couples.