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GALLUP: There Are Over 780,000 Married Gay Americans

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Approximately 0.3% of adults in the U.S. are married to a same-sex spouse, and another 0.5% identify as being in a same-sex domestic partnership. In examining the total population of 243 million U.S. adults, these survey estimates suggest nearly 2 million adults are part of a same-sex couple, of whom 780,000 are married. These data are based on 80,568 interviews conducted on Gallup Daily tracking from Jan. 28-April 19, 2015. Overall, approximately 0.3% of all respondents during this time period both identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) and said they were married, and in a follow-up question, they indicated that they were married to a same-sex spouse. An additional 0.5% of adults identified as LGBT and reported being in a same-sex domestic partnership.

The 780,000 American adults who are estimated to be married to a same-sex spouse translates into approximately 390,000 same-sex married couples in the U.S. Similarly, the estimated 1.2 million adults living in a same-sex domestic partnership translates into 600,000 domestic partnership couples. Thus, there is a total of almost a million same-sex couples in the country, of which nearly four in 10 (39%) are married.

At 990,000, Gallup’s estimated number of same-sex married or domestic partner couples in the U.S. is significantly higher than past estimates derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), which in 2013 put the number of same-sex couples at roughly 727,000. Of this group, more than 250,000 reported they were married. The Census Bureau, however, has cautioned that the ACS estimates of married same-sex couples may not be reliable as they have determined that a large portion of recorded married same-sex couples may actually be married heterosexual couples who miscoded the sex of one of the spouses.

And while the right-wingnuts are grasping at the .03% number forgetting that many states don’t allow same-sex marriage and not everyone wants to get married  It doesn’t matter even if it is only 0.3%. The Declaration of Independence doesn’t say “99.7% of men are created equal.”

FRC’s Peter Sprigg: Too Many Out Gays Proves The Gay Gene Theory Wrong

“There has been a significant growth in the number of women who identify as lesbian, bisexual or transgender — a much larger growth than the number of men. In 1994, there were twice as many homosexual men as women, but now homosexual women actually outnumber the homosexual men. During that time span, the number of homosexual men has increased by 18 percent while the number of women who identify as such has gone up 157 percent. I think that that suggests that there are strong cultural factors at work and that, at least indirectly, undermines the whole theory of a gay gene. If there were a gay gene, we would never see evolution taking place at that rapid a pace; so something else must be at work.” – Family Research Council raving LOON  Peter Sprigg, –  Via Good As You

And there you have it folks….

Peter Sprigg, the “Nate Silver” of  Stupidistan.

Back2Stonewall Talks About Gallup’s Flawed LGBT Count on the AlterNet Radio Hour – AUDIO

I was lucky enough to be able to be on the AlterNet Radio Hour this week, hosted by Joshua Holland to talk about Gallup’s recently flawed survey which states that their numbers indicate that only 3.4 percent of the population identifies as LGBT and to also talk about the harm this does to the LGBT community for presenting such unreliable findings.

Also on the show was Jonathan Cohn of the New Republic who talked  about how a Romney victory would redefine what it means to be an American citizen and journalist Jonathan Knefel, who recently returned from a trip to the Guantanamo Bay Naval base to report on the ‘military commission’ proceedings for Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, for  The Nation .

My bit starts at the 50 minute mark.  But if you have the time the entire show is a great listen.

Let me know what you think!

LISTEN to the AlterNet Radio Hour HERE!

Gallup Presents (Flawed) Findings That 3.4% of the Population Self-Identify As LGBT

Here we go again….

Gallup has just released what they call, “The largest single study of the distribution of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population in the U.S. on record.”

Well it may be the largest but is it the most accurate?


While some say that the original 10% LGBT population number which was based on Alfred Kinsey studies from 1948 is too high Dr. Gary Gates an openly gay researcher from the Williams Instutute in 2010 did his own study to purposely debunk Kinsey’s numbers claiming that only 3.9% of the population was gay, although he did find that 8.2% reported same-sex experiences which is close to the 10% that Kinsey reported.  (Remember in 1942 there was no such thing as “openly gay”)

Now Gallup has released a new poll stating that 3.4 percent of the population represent as openly LGBT  using the  flawed research methods that count more on numbers instead of methods to get the information much like Dr. Gary Gates.

Gates states that “Kinsey didn’t use a population-based sample, so regardless of the point-estimate, it came from a self-selected group of men,” but Kinsey’s  interviews of such men and women were voluntary and done with complete advanced permission and anonymity. While Gates and Gallups information was gathered by cold calls with the person’s identity known.

Gallups recent survey was done with 121,290 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted between June 1 and Sept. 30, 2012 that was done through telephone interviews that were not anonymous and used very pointed generic questions the main one being if they if they OPENLY identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. (Much the same as Gates 2010 study’s numbers which he gathered from public sample polling)  So the 3.4% question does not represent the total LGBT community but only those who are openly out.

Gallup itself does acknowledges:

Measuring sexual orientation and gender identity can be challenging since these concepts involve complex social and cultural patterns. As a group still subject to social stigma, many of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender may not be forthcoming about this identity when asked about it in a survey. Therefore, it’s likely that some Americans in what is commonly referred to as “the closet” would not be included in the estimates derived from the Gallup interviews. Thus, the 3.4% estimate can best be represented as adult Americans who publicly identify themselves as part of the LGBT community when asked in a survey context”

And while Gallup does point this out I am sure that this is not something that the FRC, AFA, or NOM will go out of their way to be made known.

And as for Dr. Gary Gates, an openly gay man by the way.  Perhaps he should try to stop courting fame by debunking Alfred Kinsey and perhaps do some work on finding a way to correct and accurate way to collect his data before he presents his findings.