Census Shows 300% Increase in Same-Sex Partner Households

Earlier this month, the Census Bureau released the final statistics detailing the number of unmarried, same-sex partner households in the United States, revealing a 314 percent increase over the 1990 Census. According to the 2000 Census data, 601,209 unmarried, same-sex partner households were counted, compared with 145,130 in 1990. More importantly, 99.3 percent of all counties in the U.S. had at least one unmarried, same-sex couple in residence, leaving only 22 of the nations 3,141 counties without at least one declared same-sex couple. This is an important milestone in the struggle for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, said Lorri L. Jean, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF). “Never again will a state legislator or city council member be able to say, ‘But I don’t have any gay or lesbian people in my district.'”


Washington Post and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Press Release Ð August 22, 2001

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