New York Marriage Equality Bill Impacts More Than 42,000 Couples and 14,000 Children

The Williams Institute sent out a notice this morning containing some important statistics on the number of same-sex couples that would be impacted by passage of a marriage equality law in New York.

Ny > There are an estimated 42,600 same-sex couples in New York (Source: 2009 American Community Survey), of whom 21% (nearly 9,000) are already legally married (Source: Williams Institute/Harris Interactive Same-sex Couple Survey, 2010)

> Approximately 7,200 same-sex couples in New York are raising about 14,000 children (Source: 2008/2009 American Community Survey)

> If New York extends marriage to same-sex couples, the percentage of the U.S.’ population living in a state that allows same-sex couples to marry will more than double, from 5.1% to 11.4%. (Source: Census 2010)

> Similarly, the percentage of same-sex couples living in states that allow them to marry will more than double, from 6.9% to 14.3% (Source: 2009 American Community Survey)

> An estimated 38% of same-sex couples living in states that allow them to marry are currently married, compared to 12% in states that do not allow same-sex couples to marry (Source: Williams Institute/Harris Interactive Same-sex Couple Survey, 2010)


  1. Really? says

    WTF? There are 42,600 gay couples in Chelsea alone. Where did they get these numbers?

  2. Bill Perdue says

    It’s very close and we desperately need a victory after years of defeats.

    During the 2009 battle over same sex marriage In Maine Obama was silent, refusing to condemn rightwing bigots and christers. When he went to Puerto Rico to fish for votes on the mainland did he raise the question of the waves of murders of GLBT folks there? Did he offer to send in teams of forensic detectives to track down and prosecute the killers? Obama’s obnoxious silence in Maine and Puerto Rico was in keeping with his deliberate and unfortunately successful attempt to derail same sex marriage in California, Florida and Arizona and his earlier refusal to denounce Rick Warren and Donnie McClurkin.

    Obama’s bigoted ‘gawd’s in the mix’ rant was heard by millions on CNN, MTV, Fox and other venues. No on 8, a front group for Democrats was too gutless to criticize Obama’s bigotry. Then rightwing christians, mainly from the catholic, mormon and southern baptists cults used Obama’s bigotry to galvanize the bigot vote in 2008. Apparently few people paid much attention to his feeble, tactical opposition to Prop 8′ as being ‘unnecessary’.

    Now Obama, or at least his press agents, claim he’s evolving. He did actually stop, after two long years, his administrations use of vile bigoted language to defend Clinton’s DOMA and DADT in the courts. That’s because he faces a very tough reelection fight. The economy can only get worse from now on because he refused to do anything about the twenty five million or so unemployed or underemployed workers. Instead of proposing spending however many trillions it takes to end unemployment by greening the economy he pushed to retain Bush’s tax cuts for the rich. Adding salt to wounds he passed out trillions for TARP handouts, his phony ‘stimulus package’, his phony ‘health care’ plan and to stabilize Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac, not to end foreclosures but to cover the losses of the banksters.

    So is he contemplating pandering to us because he’s alienated everyone else? Will he go to New York and campaign for same sex marriage by the deadline? Stay tuned for the next episode of As The Stomach Turns.

    The best of luck to everyone in NY fighting for the right to marry.

  3. MT says

    I think those statistics only scratch the surface. New York has always been a place that attracts the top talent from around the world. Imagine the influx of talented people who will come here when gay marriage is added to the benefits we offer. Look what single gay people did to the neighborhoods we moved into. The Village. Chelsea. Hell’s Kitchen. We are a stabilizing and uplifting force wherever we go. Couple that with the inherent (if anecdotal) stability family-oriented communities have traditionally had. We’ll be a powerhouse demographic! It can only make New York more competitive on the global stage.