A review of data from America’s 2010 census has found that same-sex couples are more likely to be interracial or interethnic, compared to straight couples.
More than one in five same-sex couples (20.6%) are interracial or interethnic
compared to 18.3% of different-sex unmarried couples and just 9.5% of different-sex unmarried couples.
The newly released data was analysed by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute and revealed unique aspects of racial and ethnic diversity within same-sex couples.
The data also shows that couples that include an American racial or ethnic minority are more likely to be raising children.
In fact, a full third of same-sex couples that include an Hispanic partner are raising children.
“This is our first 2010 glimpse of the racial and ethnic compositions of U.S. households headed by couples, including same-sex couples,” said Gary Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.
“The new census data help provide a fuller picture of the diversity within the LGBT community,” said Gates
The US Census Bureau recently released the research brief Households and Families: 2010, which includes data on the racial and ethnic compositions of households headed by couples in the United States, including same-sex couples.