- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fewer than 1 percent of U.S. households are led by homosexual couples — a level that has been stable for several years, census data show.

The just-released 2006 American Community Survey (ACS), which collected data from roughly 3 million addresses, estimates 0.7 percent of U.S. households are led by unmarried same-sex couples. In terms of numbers, this meant that 780,000 of America’s 111.6 million households were headed by homosexual couples.

Similar prevalences of homosexual-couple homes were found in previous years of the ACS and the Census 2000, although census researchers stress that these surveys are not strictly comparable.

Homosexual rights debates often include fuzzy figures regarding the number of homosexual couples, families and individuals. For instance, a popular canard is that “one in 10” men are homosexual even though research now estimates that less than 3 percent of men and less than 2 percent of women are homosexual.

Census surveys do not ask questions about sexual orientation, so the bureau does not estimate the number of homosexual Americans. But several years ago, it added categories on opposite-sex and same-sex “unmarried partners” to measure “the growing complexity of American households,” census researchers Tavia Simmons and Martin O’Connell wrote in a 2003 report on unmarried couples.

This has allowed better estimates of homosexual couples. In fact, the 2000 Census “provided the first empirical confirmation” that homosexual couples lived in 99.3 percent of U.S. counties, Gary J. Gates and Jason Ost wrote in their 2004 book, “The Gay and Lesbian Atlas.”

At least five states — which collectively have about 144,000 same-sex partnered households, according to the 2006 ACS — have lawsuits over same-sex “marriage” wending through the courts.

In Maryland and Connecticut, state supreme courts have heard arguments on whether homosexuals have a constitutional right to marry; final rulings are being awaited. Maryland currently has 15,176 homosexual-couple homes and Connecticut, which legalized civil unions in 2005, has 9,540 homosexual-couple homes.

In California, which has nearly 109,000 homosexual-couple homes, legal briefs are being filed this month in a same-sex “marriage” lawsuit that could be heard by the California Supreme Court this year.

In Iowa, which has 7,472 homosexual-couple homes, a lower-court judge last month found a constitutional right to “marriage” for same-sex couples. The judge stayed his decision, pending an expected appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court.

In Rhode Island, the state Supreme Court is considering whether a local lesbian couple who “married” in Massachusetts can file for divorce in Rhode Island, which has not legalized same-sex “marriage.” Rhode Island had 2,928 homosexual-couple homes in 2006, according to new census data.

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