Reports & Research

Black same-sex households in the United States: A report from the 2000 Census

Report Type: 
October 04, 2004

Black same-sex couples are already economically disadvantaged compared to black married opposite-sex couples and white same-sex couples. Here’s why:

When compared with black opposite-sex couples and white same-sex couples, black same-sex couples are more likely to:

  • Parent children and
  • Earn a lower annual income.

Anti-gay marriage amendments will negatively affect black same-sex couples because they are more likely to:

  • Work in the public sector, relying on domestic partner health insurance, and
  • Serve in the military, where they could lose income and benefits for serving openly.

Black same-sex couples have more to gain from legal recognition of their relationships and more to lose when states pass amendments banning marriage and other forms of partner recognition.

There are a number of "fact sheets" associated with this report, that focus on black same-sex households in particular metropolitan areas. You'll find them on our main Fact Sheets page.