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Percentage of gay couple households, by race of householder U.S. 2018

In 2018, about 82.7 percent of male-male couples in the United States were white, compared to 5.9 percent of gay couples who were Black or African American.

Gay marriage in the United States

In the mid-1990s, a majority of the U.S. population believed that same-sex couples should not be recognized by law, although this figure has been on the decline since then. In 2011, more than 50 percent of Americans believed the opposite, saying that homosexual couples should be recognized by law. 2015 saw a spike in support, and on June 26 of that year, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Being LGBT in America

The share of Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) has been on the rise since 2012 and it is estimated that there are almost one million same-sex couples in the U.S. Additionally, about half of surveyed people in 2018 believe that one is born gay or lesbian – a significant increase from 1977, when only 13 percent of respondents said the same.

Percentage of male-male couples in the United States in 2018, sorted by race of householder

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November 2019


United States

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