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Mississippi leads nation in proportion of same-sex couples raising children

Daily Journal reports that Mississippi leads the nation in the proportion of same-sex couples rearing children (while being 41st nationwide in the overall ratio of same-sex couples).  This is a finding of the Williams Institute, which is based upon 2010 census data.  The institute is putting out maps for each state; the above from the Mississippi Report shows same-sex couples by county, and there are maps for men, women, and for couples with children.  The variation in these maps are really interesting, and from the report itself you learn that Hancock and then Marshall are the counties with the most same-sex couples per couple, while Hattiesburg and then Jackson the cities with the most same-sex couples.

The Daily Journal story says:

Although the state ranks 41st nationwide in its overall ratio of same-sex couples, the portion of those who raise children outranks the rest of the country.

Nearly 6,300 gay or lesbian couples live together statewide, with one-third of them raising children, according to the Williams Institute, a leading think tank in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity issues in law and public policy.

The institute this summer released state-by-state snapshots of same-sex couple demographics based on 2010 census data. Mississippi’s was issued Thursday, along with those of four other states.

It also revealed that Northeast Mississippi has a high concentration of gay or lesbian households relative to the rest of the state: Tupelo ranks fifth statewide among all cities with at least 50 same-sex couples, Marshall County ranks second and Itawamba County fifth statewide among all counties.

The numbers are “not really surprising to me,” said Gary J. Gates with the Williams Institute. “Child-rearing among same-sex couples is higher in more socially conservative areas like the South where … people come out later in life and are more likely to have had a child with a different-sex partner before they were out.”

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