Gay Couples Increase in Red and Blue States Alike

There are more same-sex couples nationwide.

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Peter Sprigg, senior fellow in policy studies at the Family Research Council, a conservative advocacy group that opposes formal recognition of same-sex relationships, rejects the notion that greater numbers of same-sex couples will lead to more support in voting booths. "It spells trouble [for gay marriage bans] only if voters are making decisions that are emotional decisions rather than rational ones. I don't think there's anything inconsistent in having friendly relations with a homosexual neighbor and voting to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman." He also points out that only 0.554 percent of households are headed by same-sex couples, according to the revised Census data, meaning that many Americans are not seeing the effects of a growing gay population.

And though Sprigg is optimistic about future courtroom and political battles over same-sex unions, he understands that the fight will continue to be tough: "I expect that we'll be debating this issue for many years to come," he says.

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