Georgia sees big jump in same-sex households

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imageIf you’re keeping tabs on how that gay agenda thing is working, some new U.S. Census figures show it’s going well in Georgia: The state boosted its same-sex couples by more than 50 percent in a decade.

Data released on Thursday from the 2010 Census show that the state has 29,844 same-sex households, up from 19,288 in 2000 – a 55 percent increase. Makes you wonder if that’s why Gov. Nathan Deal enjoyed some pulled pork with the gays for lunch on Tuesday.

The numbers show a slight edge to lesbians, with 15,271 female same-sex households compared to 14,573 male ones. More lesbian households tend to have children – some 5,479 to 2,977 for male same-sex households. Overall, about 28 percent of same-sex households in the state include children.

Georgia’s increase mirrors that seen in all 18 states in which Census data has been released. Why? Same-sex couples are more willing to report their household status, even in more conservative states like Georgia, Gary Gates, a demographer at the Williams Institute, tells the Associated Press.

The gains, though, still show that same-sex households are a fraction of the total number of unmarried-partner households – 211,834 – and are dwarfed by husband-wife households across the state, which reached 1.7 million. (Click the table for a larger view.)

Not surprisingly, Fulton County offers the most same-sex households at 5,092, followed by DeKalb with 4,524. You’d think that concentration of gays Inside the Perimeter would help others in the city dress better. You’d be wrong.

Drive away from the safety of Midtown, and not only will you encounter gay elected officials, you’ll also find same-sex couples in Gwinnett (2,032) and Cobb (2,002). In fact, there are same-sex households in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. The suburbs, though, may not be good for your gay teens.

The takeaway? The gays are everywhere.

“I’m fairly confident that, broadly, the increase is absolutely real because it’s been large everywhere,” Gates says.

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