ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of households with same-sex couples rose by 50 percent over the past decade to nearly 14,000, according to new figures from the 2010 Census, even as the state heads toward a constitutional vote on same-sex marriage in next year’s election.

Census data released Wednesday night showed 13,718 gay and lesbian households in the state, or less than 1 percent of the total. Just over 3,000 of those same-sex households also had children.

University of Minnesota family social sciences professor Bill Doherty told Minnesota Public Radio News the big increase in same-sex couples in the 2010 census may be attributable to those couples being more comfortable reporting their living situation.

“In 1970, it was considered `living in sin,’ and 1980, much more acceptable,” Doherty said. “So, we’re probably in the same trajectory with same-sex couples being now more willing to report it. That it isn’t just a roommate, that it’s a partner.”

The Census Bureau first began counting same-sex couples in the 2000 Census, when same-sex marriage wasn’t legal in any state. By the time the 2010 Census was taken, it was legal in five states plus the District of Columbia. The latest census found gay couples living together in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties.

One such household was in the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Peter Sage is a teacher who lives with his partner of 10 years, and their 4-year-old son.

“For us, it was about letting it be known that we are out there, hopefully in significant numbers,” Sage said. “I think 10 years ago, it would have been different. People would have been more hesitant.”

For Phil Duran, staff attorney for Outfront Minnesota, a non-profit that lobbies for gay rights, the broad distribution of gay couples is evidence that the constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman would affect families statewide.

“It just reinforces the fact that same-sex couples are part of the mainstream,” Duran said. “They may not be the bulk of it, but the fact is: Same-sex couples are a part of every community throughout Minnesota.”

In addition to the increase in same-sex couples living together, the last census saw a 42 percent increase in cohabiting heterosexual couples.

Both trends concern Tom Prichard of the Minnesota Family Council. Prichard said he believes marriage would provide a stronger base for children raised in the male-female households. He opposes permitting same-sex couples to marry.

“Are we going to allow less than 1 percent of the population to redefine a fundamental institution — marriage?” he said. “I mean, it’s not like we’re just allowing a few same-sex couples to marry. We’re changing the definition for everybody.”

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Comments (71)
  1. James2 says:

    C’mon haters, do your stuff. Say horrible things and make me laugh today.

    1. Tom says:

      @ James 2

      They will once the caffiende kicks in!

    2. Ferris Lind says:

      wow. you must have no life if that entertains you

      1. Tom says:

        @ Ferris Lind

        It’s called making a joke!

  2. LadyJane says:

    Is this why the GOP wants an amendment? I am assuming gays, due to the discrimination, intolerance, etc. they encounter probably lean to liberal (non-narcissistic/non-Republication) or independent. Why are out-dated social issues even an item today? I realize the leadership of the Catholics in the Twin Cities is now very conservative and wants to go back to standards from 60-100 years ago, but other religions are not narrow-minded, etc.

    It makes no sense to me at all, but then I make my decision about a person based on the person not ancient dogma. And I am straight, and I have gay friends and co-workers (most people do whether they know it or not).

    1. Blah Blah says:

      Sorry Jane, liberal and narcissistic and synonymous.

      1. LadyJane says:

        1.inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.
        2.Psychoanalysis . erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.

        I believe this defines GOP, caring about themselves and not others

        1. Blah Blah says:

          Yeah, cause people like Franken, and Obama aren’t full of themselves, right? Keep drinking the cool-aid.

          1. I drink the good stuff says:


            1. Tom says:

              @ I drink the good stuff

              Yep Blah Blah can’t spell something as simple as Kool Aid. And yet he rails on Franken and Obama!

              1. Blah Blah says:

                You’re d@mn right I rail on those two. So I misspelled a word in my hasty reply, still doesn’t change the fact that Obama and Franken are two of the most narcissistic figures around. Oh by the way, add Dayton to that bunch.

  3. SICK OF P/C says:

    way to push your views wcco.. We will see how slanted you are when the 2012 vote comes. The gays in this state will get crushed. Why do you think they don’t want the issue on the ballet?

    1. meow says:

      Nah… they won’t get “crushed” since with or without any amendment, they still don’t get all the civil rights of marriage. Although it’s not stopping the gay people I know from going down to Iowa to get married. Gays are still getting married or at least having a union-ceremony of sorts and it’s not hurting anyone or anyone else’s marriage. I guess Iowa gets to bank on the money spent for the ceremony, the gifts bought, the gas bought, decorations, new outfits to wear… the list goes on. MN could be seeing that money here to help our economy. Oh Well. On with rediculous backwards rules and restrictions brought to us by the few Bigoted Right Wing Religious Wingnuts of MN. HOORAY FOR SUPPRESSION!!!

      1. Blah Blah says:

        A little hypocritical? Being religious make somebody a wingnut? Oh my, aren’t you just as bigoted? I think so.

        1. Jim says:

          Religious people who try to make their religion part of government are wingnuts in my opinion. Keep that stuff in your own home and in church and out of the public sector.

          1. Blah Blah says:

            I’m not religious at all, couldn’t even tell you the last time that I saw the inside of a church. Just pointing all of the biggoted comments towards religious people, and that it’s no better or different that being bigoted towards race/sex/orientation/ect…

          2. Jack MeHoff says:

            If this country was not founded, then why does all the money in your pocket say “In God we trust” on it?

            1. Jim says:

              Who says this country was not founded? LOL. From Wikipedia: “In God We Trust” was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956. It is also the motto of the U.S. state of Florida. The phrase has appeared on U.S. coins since 1864 and on paper currency since 1957.

              So what was your point about our money and the Founders again?

            2. Seth Bullock says:

              So since U.S. Currency has “In God we trust” on it, gays should be prosecuted? What exactly was your point?

    2. Tom says:

      @ Sick of P/C

      Wdy do you and others like you care? Are you and others like you that INSECURE ?

  4. Kevin says:

    I am straight and white….I am the minoriity,,,,I am not a hater, I just do not believe in the gay life style…..I do not hate your views….why hate mine?

    1. Jim says:

      You think straight and white is the minority? LOL. If you don’t believe in the gay “lifestyle” then don’t live it. Seems simple enough. Who hates your views?

    2. Locutus says:

      Whether you believe in it or not is irrelevant.

      Your opinion on gays is irrelevant.

      If you aren’t gay, why should anybody care WHAT your opinion is?

      1. Blah Blah says:

        So if you’re not gay, your opinion doesn’t matter? That is a pretty bigoted d\statement if thats what you meant.

        1. The Architect says:

          No. LOL. It isn’t.

          Do gays get to decide what YOU do?

          If not, then why should YOU get any say in what THEY do?

    3. Tom says:

      @ Kevin

      There is a big difference between expressing your views about gay marriage and trying pass a law banning gay marriage.

  5. sickofit says:

    i want to puke and im moving out of this state today i hate it here i do not want to spend my money or time or raise my children here i want to live in a place were people no wright from wrong

    1. The Architect says:

      Should being a gay person be illegal in MN?

      What should the punishment be?

      1. ted says:

        And what is next? What squeaky wheel will push to ban some other group?

    2. ted says:

      Thanks sickofit. I’ll help you load up your moving truck. I was sad that people here do not know right from wrong, yet with you leaving, I guess Minnesota is looking better – I may stay.

    3. state says:

      I would rather live next to a gay person then a freaking child molestor or murderer…

      1. Seth Bullock says:

        Why is it that none of the gay people I know are involved in illegal enterprises, child molestation, sexual philandering, thefts or acts of violence? How come they have better average incomes, cleaner houses and more education than my straight friends? Hmmmmm… Yet people say they’re the sick ones and they should be made to “get out” for being gay. Might be time to re-evaluate who exactly needs to “get out.”

        1. Tom says:

          @ Seth

          You are correct on all accounts!

          1. Mike says:

            Seth, I deal with the same thing. My gay friends are amazing, upstanding, hard working, tax paying, kind AND generous individuals. I can’t imagine why they don’t have the same civil rights as the rest of us. It’s rather ridiculous. I’m sort of envious of them in some ways. They are each others best friends and also fully satisfy each others sexual needs. They have it rather good on some accounts over us hetros.

  6. Kevin says:

    Take the government out of marriage and we have no problem.

    1. Jim says:

      I agree with this 100%. Why is government interested in marriage, other than money?

    2. Blah Blah says:

      EXACTLY!!!! The government has no business in marriage, period.

  7. GOP Log Cabin says:

    HEY NOW LIBERALS… Just remember who vetoed the vote for same sex on the ballots….

    Come on now… admit it… it was … (ahem) DAYTON.
    The republicans put it up to a vote for the people to decide – and DAYTON said no.

    I am a log cabin repub….. and could care less who marries who.
    Doesn’t change anything I am not already doing.

    1. Jim says:

      Dayton did the right thing by not allowing that vote. People’s basic rights should not be beholden to 51% of the population.

      1. me again says:

        It would have passed Jim. You know it would have.
        Open your eyes. How many people don’t care what you do?
        How many people already support it?

        That would have been a true test.

        1. Jim says:

          It doesn’t matter if it would have passed. If 99% of the state votes to limit the civil rights of the other 1%, it’s still wrong and should not have been allowed to happen. Dayton did the right thing.

          1. me again says:

            Despite the veto, it will still be on the November 2012 ballot. That’s because constitutional amendments only need do not need the governor’s approval to go the voters. The Minnesota Legislature recently passed the measure, which asks voters to decide whether marriage should be defined as solely between a man and a woman.

            It was a question.

            1. Jim says:

              I get all that. But I think it’s wrong, and I think Dayton was right to oppose putting this on the ballot.

              1. me again says:

                I think it’s ok as it is just a question. I have a large family that is fully supportive.
                All my friends are supportive and also could care less about same sex marriage.
                I think it will be interesting to see how high it is likely applausible.

                1. Jim says:

                  What if 51% of Minnesotans voted to confiscate everyone’s guns? Lots of people would support such a measure. Most of my friends could care less about gun laws either way, and I’m interested in seeing how the state feels, so lets vote to ban them and see what happens.

                  Where do you draw the line? Which rights of yours are you willing to put up to a vote?

  8. Liz says:

    Remember when there were laws stating interracial marriages were illegal?

  9. Bye says:

    All the little glitter throwers and tuna tasters need to pack up there gerbals and head back to California….you know….that other liberal state that is in ruin!!!!!!

    1. The Architect says:

      Are you going to make them, tough guy?

      That’s what I thought.

      1. Redneck Purist says:

        He might not but I will. You gonna try to stop me you savage brute?

        1. Jim says:

          Internet fight!! Check it out, a bunch of internet tough guys right here!!

        2. The Architect says:

          Please detail how you plan on forcing gays out of MN.


        3. just saying says:

          Oh yeah you are so tough man… I am just shaking.
          Most of you arrogant commentators and your “I’m a tough guy behind the screen”. It’s funny that most of these, like “redneck purist” are the couch potato out of shape nasty dirtball guys. And all the gay guys are these muscular beefs in the gym.

          Just remember that mr redneck purist – we see you in the locker room. We know how small your prik is.

          1. Redneck Purist says:

            Sorry Billy Beef cake, I don’t think we frequent the same places, so you’ll never get the opportunity to gawk at my junk. But if you want to show off your beefy self, I’ll be at Bunkers tonight leaning on my Orange Fat Boy at 8 PM. My girlfriend will hold your feather boa, OK Percy?

            1. The Architect says:


            2. just saying says:

              The fact is, even all the gay guys wouldn’t be interested in your junk because you are a fat nasty guy on some used POS harley. Get over yourself.

              I prefer my Infiniti. Bunkers is for the cheap low income class.

              1. Jim says:

                Wow, it feels like I walked onto an elementary school playground. Are you people even old enough to vote? Does your mommy know you’re using the computer?

                1. laughing says:

                  Hey come on now Jim, this guy is in opposition to you.

                  He rides a POS chopper that he wasted 5 years of his salary only to purchase used. But don’t go too hard on him, it’s McDonalds fault that he because a lazy fat one. But remember though, he has some apparent large junk… I presume it’s the fat content that has built around his apparently large junk. He needs a mirror to see it though…

                  I’d love to see someone show up and whoop his a$$. Then give him a good butt f*ckin afterwards.

                2. The Architect says:

                  I’m still wondering how he plans on kicking a half million people out of MN all by his tough self.

    2. meow says:

      I believe the correct term by Marcus Bachmann when refering to the gays is “BARBARIANS” … get your terms right, you THILLY GOOSE!

  10. Rico Suave says:

    Yup. They’re growing by leaps and pirouettes. They’re going to sashay themselves right into the eighth grade boys locker-room, which is their ultimate goal. It’s the world turned upside-down.

    1. The Architect says:

      Sounds like you’re projecting again.. .Uh oh…

      1. meow says:

        Rico Suave sounds like he might have been molested in his youth. Thats more of an issue with pedophilia which is an actual disorder. I hope he isn’t getting confused with consenting peaceful gay adult relationships versus predatory victim based pedophilia. There is a distinct difference.

        1. Rico Suave says:

          Funny you should bring that up. Statistically, more than a third of gay males were molested in their youth. While I never was, I knew people who were and later came out gay. Isn’t that strange, though unfortunate and destructive? Suicides rates are much higher than normal in the gay community, as well as (of course) STD’s. Too bad the whole world has given up on helping these poor people.

          1. The Architect says:

            Statistically, that is a bald-faced lie that you can’t substantiate.

          2. Superchik1017 says:

            Perhaps the suicide rate is higher because of hurtful, hateful people that make them feel they are second class citizens – and the people who convince their families their gay child is going to hell.
            I would also be very interested in hearing where you got your STD numbers. It’s just simply not true.

  11. capt.obvious says:

    The Architect is gay we know that and he is a line cook, cancel your internet and work on that mess you call yourself.

  12. Jim Saporito says:

    Why is it fashionable in the gay community to wear a white tank top t-shirt? Does it stand for something? Just wondering.

  13. Mike adams says:

    Het state there are plenty of gays that are molesters. Man you people are stupid

    1. Superchik1017 says:

      There are plenty of straight people that are molesters. What’s your point?

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