‘Gayby Boom’ Fueled by Same-Sex Parents

ABC News
August 3, 2009
The Williams Institute reports that of the one percent of couples in the U.S. who identify as LGBT, about 20 percent of them are raising children under the age of 18. Growing acceptance of LGBT families is helping to reshape and broaden the concept of the American family. [Link]

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States with More Catholics Favor LGBT Rights

USA Today
July 29, 2009
Want to predict which state might be next to embrace marriage equality? The higher the percentage of Catholics in a state's population, the more likely the state is to... support gay rights. [Link]

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Analysis of Polling Data Finds Growing Support for Marriage Equality

Columbia University
July 28, 2009
According to a comprehensive new analysis of public opinion surveys conducted over the last 15 years, support for the freedom to marry has grown substantially in the United States. [Link]

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Groups move to deny basic domestic partnership rights to same-sex couples in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 23, 2009
Supporters of Wisconsin's discriminatory exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and civil unions Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to declare domestic partnerships unconstitutional as well. Under a provision that was part of the budget Governor Jim Doyle signed in June, couples will be able to apply for a declaration of domestic partnership with their county of residence starting next month. [Link]

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The State of Marriage Equality: Part Two in a Three-Part Series

Find Law
July 21, 2009
As we described in Part One of this series, the battle over marriage equality in the United States has been hard-fought in legal, political, and social arenas. Here, in Part Two, we describe in detail the states in which same-sex couples can obtain formal recognition from the state – whether in the name of "marriage" or some alternative status – and the states in which recognition is banned. [Link]

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The State of Marriage Equality: Part One in a Three-Part Series

Find Law
July 7, 2009
There has been a whirlwind of activity on the marriage equality front in the past few months. Most notably, the number of states that honor the marriages of same-sex couples has tripled, from two to six. It is thus a good time to take stock of the current landscape, explain its origins, and offer predictions about the future. [Link]

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The Coming End of the Culture Wars

Center for American Progress
July 15, 2009
The Progressive Studies Program released a new report Wednesday which demonstrates how shifting demographics are rapidly eroding the mass base for culture wars politics. Nowhere is the influence of demographic change clearer than on marriage equality, which Millennials support much more strongly than do older generations. [Link]

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Census study of same-sex married couples finds similarities to husband-and-wife couples

San Jose Mercury News
June 18, 2009
Marriage — whether you are gay or straight — may be the great common denominator among American households, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau study that offers a first-ever look at the nation's same-sex couples who say they are spouses. Married men and women average about 50 years old, and about four in 10 have kids living at home. The average couple pulls down a little over $90,000 a year and four in five own their home. That demographic portrait doesn't just fit the nation's 56 million husband-and-wife couples. It also closely fits the roughly 340,000 households where two men call themselves husbands, or two women consider themselves wives. With same-sex marriage likely to be legal in as many as six states by Jan. 1, the study, though it may not reflect an accurate number of married same-sex couples, could add another layer to the debate. [Link]

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America’s Gay Paradox

The Atlantic
June 12, 2009
Andrew Gelman reproduces a fascinating state-by-state analysis of recent shifts in support for marriage equality. What emerges is the fact that states that were already more supportive of the freedom to marry have become more so much faster than those initially reluctant. My sense is that it is about the number of openly gay people in these states. Once you reach a tipping point in understanding that gay people are not evil perverts who all live under a gooseberry bush somewhere in San Francisco, the logic of full equality sweeps all before it. Honesty and dialogue make equality inevitable. [Link]

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Marriage Equality: A Tipping Point?

columbia.edu
June 11, 2009
Jeff Lax and Justin Phillips have used statistical analysis to estimate attitudes toward marriage equality state-by-state. They used national opinion polls from 1994 through 2009 and analyzed several different opinion questions on gay rights. They found, among other things, that approximately as much change has occurred in attitudes toward marriage equality in the last four years as in the previous eight, and that states with higher levels of early support changed the most - possibly due to more gay people being "out" and visible in those states. [Link]

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