MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New census figures show the number of same-sex couples in Wisconsin has grown nearly 66 percent in the last decade.

Wisconsin ranks 11th in the rate of growth among 29 states for which the census data has been released. Each of the 29 states showed an increase in same-gender couples. Demographers say that can probably be attributed to a growing willingness to report.

Dane County had the highest rate of same-sex couples with nearly 12 out of every 1,000 households. In Madison, 16 of every 1,000 households have same-gender couples.

The State Journal says an analysis of census figures by the Williams Institute at UCLA shows 18 percent of the state’s same-sex couples had at least one child.

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Comments (112)
  1. Off my rocker says:

    let me get this straight, no punn intended. The % increase was from 1.4 to 1.6 %, so that is a .2% increase, and this is significant or newsworthy how? If salaries increased .2% you would report it as no increase in you even reported on it, if an executives compensation decreased .2% you would report it as steady if you reported on it at all, but somehow on this topic this is significant enough to make a story out of it? Wow, are you ever grasping at straws to support your pet cause.

    1. The Architect says:

      An increase from 1.4% to 1.6% is NOT an increase of .2% it is a 29% increase.

      Gotta do the math correctly, sir.

      1. The Architect says:

        Sorry, even my math sucks today.

        It’s half of that. It’s an overall increase of 1/7 the original percentage, or an increase of just over 14%.

        1. trollface says:

          They didn’t print the numbers to show where 66% came from. You two are picking apart the numbers for Dane county and Madison – and those numbers both represent current statistics, not past. Gotta read correctly too sir

          1. The Architect says:

            I was only responding to his math, not to the figures presented in the article.

            Thanks for your correction.

        2. Off my rocker says:

          dude, 1.6 – 1.4 = .2. I understand how people like to take percentages and make them out to be a big deal, but only 1.6% of he population is in an openly gay realtionship. all this for that small percentage of people, whereas we have people dieing everyday due to lack of nutrition, in this country let alone Somalia. We have raods falling apart, kids failing, the greatest country in teh world about to default on debt due to uncontrolled spending and lack of higher taxes. so, for 1.6% of the population and only a .2 increase in openly gay couples, we are wasting our time on this discussion. Great priorities our country has. and that is my poiint.

          1. The Architect says:

            Your math is flawed.
            An increase from 1.4 to 1.6 is a 14.28571% increase.
            I’m not asking you.
            I’m telling you.

            1. Off my rocker says:

              1.6 – 1.4 = .2. Does not matter, you obviously want to inflate a situation almost as bad as wcchoe and their 66% increase garbage. tell all you want, you state that like your opinion of how to present matters to me or anyone for that matter. I am going to go stock a food shelf and work with an education panel to try to fix our system to make this world a better place, regardless of your opinion.

              1. The Architect says:

                I’m not inflating any situation.

                I’m demonstrating basic mathematics for you. Subtraction is not the method for determining percentage of increase.

                Yes, 1.6 – 1.4 = .2 but then you need to determine that .2 is 1/7 of 1.4 (the original number) and 1/7 is a percentage of 14.28571.

                Therefore the percentage increase from 1.4 to 1.6 is not .2% it’s 14.3%.

                This is not opinion. This is mathematical fact.

      2. RandallFlag says:

        The number of terrorist attacks on the WTC is down 100% under President Obama. Fun with statistics!!

        Context is king when in comes to statistics. A small increase in a small sample size creates a large percentage change, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

    2. meow says:

      REGARDLESS of the silly numbers and percentages that will constantly fluxuate over time… what this article does is create a level of awareness that more and more gay couples are being open about their loving union… that is not hurting anyone might I add. It’s the religious fanatics that are thumping a poorly translated rule book (not the original Hebrew version) to just spew discrimination and hate towards a peaceful group of people.

    3. Superchik1017 says:

      Wait a minute…where are you getting a percent increase from 1.4 to 1.6 percent? The article is stating there is a 66% increase in the entire state of WI – it doesn’t mention anything about 1.4 or 1.6. Are you getting confused with Dane County and Madisons’ same-sex couple rates (12 out of every 1,000 and 16 out of every 1,000, respectively)?

  2. Michele says:

    WIll your god gay people for loving or you for hating? Next time you open your mouth, think about this.

    1. what? says:

      What does it mean to “gay” someone?

      On second thought, maybe I don’t want to know but your statement still makes no sense

      1. kate says:

        My best guess is it should read – will your god hate gay people for loving or you for hatiing?

        Or maybe she does think their god will gay them for loving. You knew being gay was contagious, right and you can suddenly become gay, right? (that was serious sarcasm, just in case)

  3. In The Middle says:

    You are a mindless fool

  4. Yosemite Sam says:

    Very, very dangerous talk. What if you are mistaken as to who is and who is not gay. At what age do you start to “punish” them?

    1. trollface says:

      U mad bro?

  5. security0207 says:

    All i can say is yuck !! same sex marriage. Or same sex anything for that matter .. that sure is not for me

    1. The Architect says:

      Nobody asked you. Nobody cares if you think “yuck.”

      Should others be allowed to have it be “for them?”

      1. The Architect says:

        But again, that is not relevant. What you feel about gays has no bearing on what rights gays should have.

        1. rectallyspeaking says:

          …..and exactly what rights should they have??…the right to gag?….the right to “pole dance”?…the right to tunnel holes? How about the right to remain silent, that’s what you get!

      2. Mike says:

        The majority also didn’t like the idea of interracial marriages which used to be banned in this country at one point in time. But that changed and people realized the absolute ignorance and discriminatory harm that faulty law created.

        Society changes over time… it evolves and with that, so do civil rights and laws. If you don’t like it, might want to move out of the USA.

        1. Give me a break says:

          Comparing a person’s choice of behavior to a person’s race is completely out of line.

          Gays have exactly the same rights as every other person, they are asking for “special class” status and the majority rightly says no.

          1. The Architect says:

            You have not demonstrated any choice in behavior, so you made no valid point.

          2. Mike says:

            @Give me a break

            Actually it’s not a choice but many people have that missunderstanding. It’s a born instint of attraction that is animal based. The choice is what the gay person partakes in perticular sexual practice and with whom. (consenting adults)

            Just as we were all born with insticts and developed attractions later then fueled by horomones.

            Think of a left handed person. They were born that way. Most people are right handed but there is a minority of left handed people. Would any logical or sane person discriminate against them and start to preach hate toward a left handed person. Something to think about.

          3. kate says:

            Actually they don’t have the same rights. Hence the attempt to legalize same-sex marriage.
            Why should I care what 2 consenting adults want to do? It isn’t like it will affect me and my marriage if 2 women or 2 men want to get married. It isn’t like they’re going to require it.

        2. ugly says:

          faulty law?…bwa!ha!ha!ha!ha!!!…you haven’t seen their offspring have ya?

  6. CarlyB says:

    Obviously a false “Reverend” who is posting to stir up trouble, and especially to make “Christians” look bad.

    1. CarlyB says:

      Still obviously a fake.

      Where did you receive your ordination? What church are you affiliated with? Remember, if you are ashamed of Him, then He will be ashamed of you.

      1. CarlyB says:

        Still haven’t answered the questions, I see. Fake, fake, fake.

    2. The Architect says:

      No offense, but letting Christians speak is usually the best way to make Christians look bad.

      It doesn’t usually take much, as we can see here.

      1. CarlyB says:

        Sorry, but you sound a bit biased. And you now have this fake Reverend for “evidence” for your opinion. Sad, really.

        1. The Architect says:

          Biased by the experience and wisdom gained through time and exposure to those who would believe the tales of the christians and abandon their own critical thinking for a life of belief in fairy tales.

            1. The Architect says:

              Such as your own bias, CarlyB?

  7. CarlyB says:

    No, Jane, this is a fake “Reverend” who puts hateful comments on this board with a fake religious title to make people of faith look bad.

  8. meow says:

    Phelps, your religious brainwashing is heard loud and clear. Your basis is false with no proof other than you spewing your own outdated belief system based on a “Reward or Punishment” system that is an illusion. Bottom line, you are DELUSIONAL.

      1. meow says:

        CarlyB, fake what? I’m posting my comment based on my opinion… that is more fact based, not belief. BUZZ OFF

        Do you have nothing of substance to offer the discussion?

        1. CarlyB says:

          Meow, I’m referring to the fake “Reverend.” You said “Bottom line, you are DELUSIONAL” and I added “Also a fake.”

          1. meow says:

            CarlyB … I get it now. LOL … thanks for the clarification. Noted. Sorry. Thanks.

            Even if the so called Reverend is fake, he does bring the mindset (brainwashing) of millions of Americans.

  9. victim mentality says:

    Fun with statistics is correct. What’s also not mentioned is that some (if not all) of the increase is likely due to individuals feeling more SAFE in reporting their orientation.This is due to community reactions changing, as well as differences in census taking procedures. In either case, it’s not evident on these boards. What a bunch of hypocrites “Minnesota Nice” folks are.

    1. Reverend Phelps says:

      The safer you make them feel, the more they encroach upon our children and the more their recruiting numbers soar. They bring with them the seeds bore from the fruits of Satan and they feed it to you in an ever increasing stream of propogandist statements designed to get you to lower your guard and accept that which is unacceptable. Search your hearts and you will find the Truth He has provided for us!!

      1. meow says:

        Phelps = Fear based and delusional with no proof but flimsy belief systems used to keep people in a state of control.

      2. Dave Campbell says:

        Do they have a recruiting office in mall? I’m guessing that your church does more recruiting than the gay population.

      3. @reverend says:

        The “truth” is that your ramblings are totally asinine, your god is a fairy tale, and I’m ready for lunch.

      4. kate says:

        Homesexuality and pedophilia are completely different.

        Recruiting? You think people can be recruited to be gay? And you think people will actually try?

  10. REALITY says:

    Heterosexuals: War, Rape, Murder, Divorce, Pollution, Slavery, STDs (Including AIDS), Disease, Famine, Female Oppression, Over-Population, Orphans, Child Molestation, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Pornography, Bullies, Spousal Abuse, Drug Cartels, Gangs, Graffiti, Corrupt Police, Decreasing Natural Resouces, Endangered Species, Lawyers, Politicians, Lobbyists, Dictators, Polluters, Hypocrites, Feed the Children, DADT, Proposition 8, Marriage Protection Act, Sodomy Laws, Recessions, Depressions, Inflation, Insurance and Morgage Companies, Wall Street, The Crusades, The Spanish Inquisition, Nazis, Ethnic Cleansing, Charlie Sheen

    Harmless Homosexuals: Gays just want the same rights to serve in the military, marry, protect their significant other and the pursuit of happiness. Everything else is none of your business. So if you want true perversion, google: heterosexual porn. You people are nasty and hypocritical and the root of all that is evil. ‘Let Freedom Ring’

    1. CarlyB says:

      Heterosexuals are the root of all that is evil??? Really???

      1. Mike says:

        Sure, if you look at it from the religious point of view. Think GENESIS tne ADAM and EVE and that fairytale of the snake and apple then son killing one of the other sons then having incest with his mother to start the human race then all the brother and sister incest and on and on and on…. so the spread of HETERO evil begins. Weeeeee!

        1. CarlyB says:

          Something is wrong with this picture but I’m gonna let you figure it out.

          1. @CarlyB says:

            Mike’s got a good point. But we’re leave you to try to figure out that one. If you can. (I have my doubts on your ability.)

    2. bill says:

      Charlie is gay.

  11. Mike says:

    Hitler and the Nazis used brainwashing on the German people to help them exterminate millions of harmless, peaceful Jews. Today, we see this same line of brainwashing being done with religious fanatics who cherry pick a few anti-gay versus from the modern day Bible (that has been revised over 20 times) and then funnel their own hate from their hearts toward a peaceful group of people. It’s a serious mental dysfunction but more and more people are realizing it’s all an illusion and there is nothing to fear from two humans, two souls living a life of love and peace together. Bottom line, leave the peaceful gays alone.

    1. Drama king says:

      Not a problem is they bear the cost of thier abnormal activities. Keep them out of our insurance pools. Got a problem with that?

      1. Mike says:

        Please explain your comment and then provide some proof that it is valid.

  12. MJ says:


  13. bill says:

    Christians bad, try being gay around a Muslim. Off with your head. You gays better pray this country stays Christian.

    1. The Architect says:

      So people like you can ostracize them and call them icky, bill?

      1. bill says:

        Yes, and let you live but not reproduce.

        1. bill says:

          See what I did there!

          1. The Architect says:

            What else should gays be barred by law from doing, bill? Should they be allowed to go to parks where kids play? Should they be allowed in schools as teachers?

            1. bill says:

              leave being MARRIED alone. Don’t you get it? Married is religion private.. Civil Union is state . keep laws out of private religon. Seprate as libs say.

              1. Dave Campbell says:

                That works just fine for me Bill! You think maybe we could keep religion out of laws as well?

              2. The Architect says:

                Bill, this whole conversation has been me trying to get YOU to get it. I think you missed that.

                There is no reason gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry. If there was, you would have provided it by now. But you can’t find one that’s valid.

              3. kate says:

                Marriage is not historically religious. It was a financial transaction. And another example of where the church is tryiing to take over and dominate something.
                Keep the church out of government and keep the government out of church.

  14. meow says:

    PHELPS = MEGALOMANIAC using religion to spread his dysfunctional mental psychosis.

    Control freaks LOVE to find ways, yes, even through religion, to try and manipulate and control the will of others. How sad.

  15. Mike says:

    OK EVERYONE LISTEN UP… The state of New York is projecting a revenue of over 300 MILLION in the next three years from the legalization of gay marriage. That is a huge boost for the states economy. That is VERY REAL profit that we in our MN or WI states could be seeing also if we dropped the ridiculous discrimination laws. WAKE UP!!!

    1. Brilliant! says:

      Yes, selling our collective soul for more revenue to our already bloated governments will fix everything

      What ever are we thinking?

      1. The Architect says:

        I don’t want my “soul” even being mentioned in the same breath as yours. Worry about yourself.

        1. soulsearcher says:

          your a lost soul. by the way, when’s your soul coming out of the closet?

      2. Mike says:

        Hey, how about you worry about YOUR soul and I’ll worry about mine. Deal? Just like you worry about what you do with your genitals and I”ll worry about what I do or don’t do with mine. Deal? Sound healthy and sane with respect to boundaries?

        1. bill says:

          Keep your Genitals out of the public eye. See what I did there

          1. The Architect says:

            Nobody’s genitals are in the public eye, bill.

          2. Mike says:

            My genitals are out of the public eye. ASSuming something about me Bill? See what I just showed YOU there?

    2. Only a fool believes says:

      Short term gain goofy. Medical costs will skyrocket with disease caused by the abnormal sexual behavior and insurance companies will exit. Great thinking. Burden will be shifted to the normal citizens who refrain from these high risk activities (except for animal abusers). Got any more bright ideas??

      1. The Architect says:

        “Medical costs will skyrocket with disease caused by the abnormal sexual behavior and insurance companies will exit.”

        Please explain why that would be the case if gays were allowed to marry, but it isn’t the case while they’re not.


      2. Mike says:

        @ Only a fool believes

        WOW … your lack of intelligence mixed with total and complete ignorance is ASTONISHING.

        A loving union of gay marriage, might, just might help promote MONOGOMY between the couples and in turn NOT SPREAD and DISEASE.

        I seriously can’t stop laughing at your backwards comment. I’m not sure but maybe you are thinking that two disease free people of the same gender form an STD from sharing genitals? Is that your line of false thinking?

        1. Sven says:

          “…A loving union of gay marriage, might, just might help promote MONOGOMY between the couples and in turn NOT SPREAD and DISEASE.”

          Doubt it, these people change partners more than square dancers – its part of the lifestyle

          1. The Architect says:

            How exactly do you feel justified in making that ridiculous declaration?

          2. meow says:

            Sven… you forgot to mention the thousands of years of adultry by the HETEROS mixed in with all the pre-marital sex. I mean if we are comparing lifestyles here.

            Sven, are you talking from experience from being gay? Just curious.

            1. Sven says:

              If you’re curious about being gay you could hook up with that architect dude, I bet he has a thing or three to show you

              1. The Architect says:


                Is that supposed to be an insult?

                I’m happily married with children, sir. But I wouldn’t vote to restrict anybody’s rights anyway.

              2. meow says:

                LMAO … Sven, I’m not worried about my sexuality but more so was inquiring what makes you any kind of expert on the gay lifestyle from your obviously over generlized and grossly stereotypical statement. Maybe if you were gay, then you could make that statement speaking from experience of your own practices?

                I’m sure it would be cool to have a brew and shoot the breeze with Architect. I like how he thinks regardless of what he might do or not do with his personal genitals.

                1. The Architect says:

                  Hey, ditto! And thanks for the compliment.

                  Occasionally I stop by Gabe’s by the Park after work. Stop by and I’ll buy you one. 🙂

    3. bill says:

      So $$$$$$ makes every thing ok? Look at the economy in states that have moral values. They are doing better than the rest.

      1. The Architect says:

        Who gets to decide what values are “moral” bill? You? (LOL)

        1. The Decider says:

          I get to decide and bill is correct

          1. The Architect says:

            Since you’re the decider, what should be done with gays? Clearly you do not feel that children are safe by them, and you are offended by their gayness in public.

            So what should you, the majority, do with gays to solve the problem?

            1. The Decider says:

              They should all move to California, that would help

  16. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    Mike …not sure there is anyone here wanting to kill gays. Some consider it against their moral teachings…some say marriage definiton does not include them..I am not seeing anyone say they should not enjoy the same life benefits as the rest of us.

    1. The Architect says:

      The want to marry the person they love.

      Why is that something you think you should get to vote on?

  17. Jayze says:

    FREAKS OF NATURE!!! Birth defects that couldnt be determined BEFORE birth. Wonder how many Mothers would have chosen abortion instead???

    1. The Architect says:

      Not sure, but it’s too bad yours didn’t.

  18. bill says:

    Let them live, be happy, prosper, adopt, fight in wars, get sick, struggle, hate the government, what ever there is in life. but not get married. When a religion says NO! Keep the F %&^&&^$ ing government out of it!!!!!! very simple.

    1. The Architect says:

      Not all religions are saying no, bill.

      Again, what reason do you have for saying gays can’t marry? And why do you get an opinion at all?

      1. bill says:

        The religions that are not saying no, are split and falling apart. Hence the prolbem , Your questioning my right to my opinion shows your narrow – mindless – ness.

        1. meow says:

          Bill, is that like all those religions that were against innterracial marriage who then later changed their discrimination … did they all fall apart?

          I find your comment to be complete bogus mixed with delusion. Nice try.

        2. The Architect says:

          Bill, in all your stupid posts, and there have been a lot of them, you have not yet given a single reason why gays should not marry.

          1. itsgottahurt says:

            Analtect….your blowing @s% bubbles again!

      2. meow says:

        I agree with Architect. It’s just not the publics business nor should any public votes be held. I mean it can be like having a public vote on weather the left handed people of the state can marry or not marry. It’s just totally and completely ridiculous. It’s borderline insanity. We just need more intelligence based on real life facts then some healthy acceptance of diversity. But OH NO … on with the ignorance and discrimination and bigotry.

  19. deb says:

    Civil Union yes, marriage no.

    1. The Architect says:

      Deb I vote that you can’t get married, but you can get a civil union.

      Sorry, but we have decided for you, so that’s that. It’ll be in the state constitution soon.

      You see, we feel that you have an immoral lifestyle and that kids shouldn’t be seeing you in public.

      I don’t want to have to explain to my kids why you are the way you are towards people.

      1. Deb says:

        To the Architect….Duh What? Little reality here if you please.

    2. kilgore says:

      My brother-in-law has been married five times to four women (married one woman twice) and currently has a fiancee. His unions can be called “marriages” because one man-one woman upholds the sanctity of marriage.

      1. The Architect says:

        Marriage, via telephone, is legal for a death row inmate and a non-US citizen, thereby granting her citizenship.

        As long as gays can’t be happily married though. We’re good.


  20. @reverend says:

    No I don’t. Because I don’t believe your fairytale.

  21. Cinderella says:

    No I don’t. Because I don’t believe your fairytale. And my daddy was a living breathing person, not a character in a book.

  22. College Kid says:

    What if God really did hate gays? hahaha. Gosh, too funny at 8AM.

    Remember, he works in mysterious ways… 😉


  23. HooDatIS? says:


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