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US Census report shows lower rate of same sex couples in Indiana

by IPR News

September 29, 2011

A U.S. Census Bureau report out this week shows Indiana census workers recorded less same sex couples living in Indiana than nationwide.  Out of the nearly 650,000 same sex households reported to the Census Bureau last year, just more than 11,000 of those are in Indiana.  When the math is done, the state rate is 20 percent less than the national average.  UCLA demographer Gary Gates says Indiana, which does not recognize gay marriage, had a harder time defining some statistics, including those people who indicated they were married on their census forms.

Gates on Gay Marriage on US Census

Gates says across the country, there were about 80 percent more self-identified same-sex households than were found in the 2000 US Census.

– Indiana Public Broadcasting