Publication Date: January 2008
Author(s): Adam P Romero; Clifford J Rosky; M.V. Lee Badgett; Gary J Gates
Research Area: Population and demographics; Social conditions
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, this report provides demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Missouri. We compare same-sex "unmarried partners," which the Census Bureau defines as an unmarried couple who "shares living quarters and has a close personal relationship," to different-sex married couples in Missouri.In many ways, the almost 15,000 same-sex couples living in Missouri are similar to married couples. According to Census 2000, they live throughout the State, are racially and ethnically diverse, have partners who depend upon one another financially, and actively participate in Missouri's economy. Census data also show that 20% of same-sex couples in Missouri are raising children. However, same-sex couples, especially those with children, have fewer economic resources to provide for their families than their married counterparts: they have lower household incomes and lower rates of homeownership.
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