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Same-Sex Marriage/Demographics

I came across an interesting chart (see below) which summarizes the demographic information collected in the US Census of 2000. It shows how census completers identified themselves in terms of their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, languages spoken, and dietary preferences.

 I was trying to see how many people in the US identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender because GLBT issues were being discussed all day – given that Obama announced his support for same sex marriage. However, this seems like a very handy chart that will be useful on more than one occasion when thinking about what goes on in America.

When a Gallup poll was conducted on the subject of the number of GLBT’s in America, people felt that the number was about 21% for men and 22% for women. This probably reflects how much time has been spent discussing same- sex relationships in recent years. If you look in the chart you will find that the numbers are much smaller.
In a free country we cannot persecute people for their sexual orientation and we must give the same civil rights to GLBT’s that we give to any other citizens. If same sex couples are allowed to marry there are many positive benefits both for society and individuals. Most objections to “gay” people, their relationships, and their marriages are religious in nature and as such are outside the province of our government. Freedom is freedom and must be extended as long as no harm accrues. What harm can there be in such a civilized arrangement as marriage? What harm can there be in letting people form a family so that they can legally look after each other? America probably will not become either Sodom or Gomorrah.
If you are the President of the United States, which is a Democracy that protects Freedom, then I do not see how you could deny any of our citizens who are in a relationship the right to the benefits of marriage. We may have to allow common law marriages again if, as statistics suggest, so many couples choose to live in long term relationships but remain unmarried.
Introduction
This table lists some major demographic groupings in the United States. Race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and other factors are factors in personal and group identity. This table is unusual in that it presents a merged list of these factors. This more accurately reflects actual American society, in which most people belong to more than one group. All individuals can be classified into multiple groupings below. This list is not comprehensive. Please write to suggest additional groups.
Group
Number
Percent of
U.S. population
Total 1
284,800,000
100.0 %
English-at-home speakers 6
245,497,600
86.2 %
Christian 2
217,872,000
76.5 %
White 1
211,460,626
75.1 %
Protestant 18
150,944,000
53 %
Female 1
145,532,800
51.1 %
Male 1
139,267,200
48.9 %
“born-again” or “evangelical” 9
125,312,000
44 %
Republican 8
90,950,000
33 %
Democrat 8
85,440,000
31 %
Catholic 2
69,776,000
24.5 %
Non-English speakers 6
38,087,127
13.8 %
Nonreligious 2
37,593,600
13.2 %
Hispanic/Latino 1
35,305,818
12.5 %
Black 1
34,658,190
12.3 %
Baptist 18
34,176,000
12 %
Evangelical (theologically) 16
22,049,360
8.0 %
Methodist 2
19,366,400
6.8 %
Spanish speakers 6
20,744,986
7.5 %
Southern Baptist 3
15,800,000
5.6 %
Lutheran 2
13,100,800
4.6 %
vegetarian 19
12,000,000
4.2 %
Asian 1
10,242,998
3.6 %
United Methodist Church 20
8,251,042
2.9 %
Presbyterian 2
7,689,600
2.7 %
Multiracial 1
6,826,228
2.4 %
Pentecostal 2
5,980,800
2.1 %
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 15
5,503,192
1.93 %
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 3, 20
5,038,066
1.8 %
Episcopalian 2
4,841,600
1.7 %
GLBT (gay, lesbian or bisexual)5
4,300,000
1.51 %
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 3, 20
3,595,259
1.3 %
Judaism 2, 21
3,702,400
1.3 %
Eastern Orthodox 9
2,756,170
1 %
Assemblies of God 11
2,575,000
0.93 %
Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod 3, 20
2,512,714
0.9 %
Native American 1
2,475,956
0.9 %
Buddhist 13
2,400,000
0.87 %
Episcopal Church 20
2,333,628
0.82 %
French speakers 6
2,308,795
0.8 %
2,000,000
0.70 %
Non-denominational 11
2,000,000
0.7 %
prison population
2,000,000
0.7 %
German speakers 6
1,851,418
0.7 %
Megachurch attendance 14
1,800,000
0.64 %
Jehovah’s Witnesses 2
1,708,800
0.6 %
Chinese speakers 6
1,578,099
0.6 %
Italian speakers 6
1,565,165
0.6 %
Churches of Christ (non-instrumental / Corsicana, TX) 20
1,500,000
0.53 %
American Baptist Church in the U.S.A. 20
1,484,291
0.52 %
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 20
1,430,795
0.50 %
Muslim 2
1,424,000
0.5 %
agnostic 2
1,424,000
0.5 %
bisexual5
1,400,000
0.49 %
United Church of Christ 20
1,330,985
0.47 %
Baptist Bible Fellowship International 20
1,200,000
0.42 %
atheists 2, 10
1,139,200
0.4 %
Tagolog speakers 6
1,008,542
0.4 %
Independent Christian Church, Churches of Christ(instrumental / Joplin, MO) 20
1,071,616
0.39 %
Hindu 13
1,000,000
0.36 %
Church of God (Cleveland, TN) 20
944,857
0.33 %
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 11
910,000
0.33 %
lesbians5
900,000
0.32 %
Polish speakers 6
865,298
0.3 %
Unitarian Universalist 2
854,400
0.3 %
Seventh-day Adventists 11
809,000
0.29 %
Neo-pagan (incl. Wiccans) 12
768,400
0.28 %
Korean speakers 6
749,278
0.3 %
Church of the Nazarene 11
608,000
0.2 %
Vietnamese speakers 6
606,463
0.2 %
vegans 22
591,468
0.2 %
Portuguese speakers 6
515,017
0.2 %
Japanese speakers 6
511,485
0.2 %
Pacific Islander 1
398,835
0.1 %
Reformed Church in America (RCA) 11
304,000
0.11 %
Libertarian party members 7
200,000
0.07 %
Baha’i 11
142,000
0.05 %
Native American Religionist 2
120,735
0.04 %
Mennonite Church USA 23
110,000
.036 %

Sources
1. U.S. Census Bureau. Year 2000 Census. URL: http://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/c2kbr01-1.pdf