LOS ANGELES The metro areas with the highest percentages of same-sex couples raising children are in states that have a constitutional ban on marriage, according to a new infographic created by the Williams Institute.
The full infographic is available here: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/census-lgbt-demographics-studies/infographic-msas-may-2013/ .
"Research consistently shows that same-sex couples raise children all across the country," said Williams Institute public policy research fellow, Angeliki Kastanis. "This analysis underscores the fact that recognition of LGBT families is a consequential policy question in every state."
Mississippi has the highest percentage of same-sex couples raising children at 26 percent. See graph for a list of the top ten metro areas above and below 1 million.
The top metro areas depicted in the graphic are comprised of a large population center and the adjacent communities that are highly economically integrated with that center. Each area is made up of one or more counties.
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Readable version of the graphics here: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php .