Reports & Research

Hispanic and Latino same-sex couple households in the United States: A report from the 2000 Census

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October 31, 2005

Latino same-sex couples are disproportionately affected by anti-LGBT laws and policies.

  • The inability to marry prevents individuals from sponsoring a non-citizen same-sex partner for immigration purposes, which disproportionately threatens the stability of Latino same-sex couple families, many with children.
  • Latino women in same-sex couples report military service at a disproportionately high rate despite the risk of losing their income and benefits due to the ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual people serving openly.
  • Same-sex couple households in which both partners are Hispanic earn over $25,000 less on average per year than white non-Hispanic same-sex couple households.

Hispanic and Latino same-sex families have much to gain from the legal protections of marriage and nondiscrimination protections — and much to lose when states prohibit same-sex marriage and other forms of partner recognition.