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Most gays, lesbians don't want civil unions

By Jordan Warfel | Jan 11, 2013

A recent newspaper article stated that same-sex civil unions have exceeded expectations. But have they? There is more than one way to look at the numbers, so I did some calculations of my own.

I looked at the 2010 Census numbers for adults in Delaware, the Gallup polling data on gays and lesbians as a percentage of the population, and the number of civil unions in Delaware since licensing began a year ago. I was very surprised at what I found!

Assuming all of those sources are reliable, over 95 percent of Delaware’s gay and lesbian population did not get a civil union last year. Regardless of how you crunch the numbers, it is hard to ignore the reality that the vast majority of the gay and lesbian population isn’t interested in getting a legal union.

Jordan Warfel

Comments (3)
Posted by: Barry Wayne Price | Jan 11, 2013 08:08

ummm. What's your point?

Posted by: Jim Austin | Jan 14, 2013 11:23

So, to look at the OP's stats another way: 5% of the state's gay/lesbian population chose to enter into civil unions in 2012. What percentage of heterosexual couples chose to get married in Delaware in 2012?


We should be able to predict that within the next decade or two the percentage of gay couples seeking Delaware's civil union (or whatever it may be called in the future) will grow substantially beyond 5%. It just isn't realistic to think the first year (2012) would see a much larger number of gay couples getting hitched.


While the year-old availability of civil unions for same-gender couples is a step in the right direction, it does not really offer equality. That won't happen until the thousand-plus Federal benefits and responsibilities of "marriage" are part of the contract as it is with hetero unions. That starts with repealing DOMA, and ends with a Federal law recognizing gay couples wanting a lifetime commitment as full and equal citizens, backed up with identical rights and responsibilities.

Posted by: Barry Wayne Price | Jan 15, 2013 08:31

I agree that devoted couples who love one another (if they must be categorized) should reap of all benefits of 'married' couples.

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