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Thursday, May 23, 2013

More Gays Are Raising Kids in Mississippi Than in California

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM

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If you were shocked to learn that Utah is gayer than us,then you will probably feel a little confused, anxious, let down, etc. to learn that the state of Mississippi has more same-sex couple raising kids than any other state in the nation. In other words, they are not fleeing to the states that allow same-sex marriage.

Now might be a good time to remind readers that Mississippi was ranked one of the top 10 worst states to raise a kid period.

Now for your burning question: WTF?

A new study by the Williams Institute, a think tank at UCLA, released this very insightful and somewhat curious infographic that shows states that have a constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage are the very locations where gays are opting to raise their kids.

See Also: Gay Couple So Convincing Even Fox News Thought Their Love Was Real

Researchers found that roughly 26 percent of same-sex couples in Mississippi are raising kids, compared to just 15 percent in California, both states that have a constitutional amendment on gay marriage.

And here's more proof that Utah is attracting more gays than San Francisco: Salt Lake City had the most same-sex couples raising kids than any other city in the nation. By the way, Utah also has a constitutional amendment on gay marriage.

But head over to states where gay marriage is legal and you will find fewer couples raising kids. In Maine, only 13 percent of same-sex couples are rearing children and about 16 percent in New York.

We called Equality California to see if folks over there could make sense of this. We'll update this post when we get some insight from them.

Until then, check out the full map showing where gays are having kids:

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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