Friday, July 29, 2011

The Green Bay Press-Gazette Averts Its Eyes from the Increase in Same-Sex Couples

Green Bay Press-Gazette, 7/28/2011.

Excerpt: The data shows the number of traditional families made up of married couples with children in Northeastern Wisconsin in many cases surpassed the state average, which was 30.19 percent of total family households and 19.4 percent of total households.

In Brown County, for example, 21.41 percent of all households were traditional families, consisting of a husband and wife with children of their own, according to the census. When examining family households in Brown County, 33 percent were traditional families compared with 24.05 percent in Door County, a popular retirement community

Wisconsin State Journal, 7/29/2011.

Excerpt: The number of same-sex couples in Wisconsin jumped nearly 66 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to federal census figures released Thursday. Not all of those couples publicly celebrated their union, as Feyen and Edgar did, and the state doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry after voters approved a 2006 referendum limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

But census figures show the urge to share a life and a house seems to be growing stronger for gay couples here and nationally; the trend is coupled with evolving views in society.

“I think social acceptance has moved beyond the coasts and urban areas and into more suburban and rural areas,” said Gary Gates, demographer for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA

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