For these reasons, Black and Latino/a lesbian and gay couples have the most to gain from marriage equality. It would enable them to more readily access a partner's health insurance, save money to purchase a home, and save for their children's college education.
According to analysis of 2000 U.S. Census data on same-sex couple families, 14% of same-sex couples who self-identified were Black same-sex couples, and 17% were Latino/a same-sex couple families.
Higher rates of parenting
Latina lesbian couples: 54% are raising children
White lesbian couples: 32% are raising children
Black gay male couples: 36% are raising children
Latino gay male couples: 41% are raising children
White gay male couples: 18% are raising children
Lower income, lower rates of home ownership
Black lesbian couples earn about $21,000 less per year than White lesbian couples. Black gay male couples earn about $23,000 less than White gay male couples. Black same-sex couples also report lower rates of home ownership than White gay and lesbian couples. Latino/a same-sex couples also earn less than White non-Hispanic same-sex couples, and are also more likely to rent than own their homes.
New York State's refusal to legally recognize marriages of same-sex couples hurts all same-sex couples, but it disproportionately harms Black and Latino gay and lesbian families because of higher rates of parenting, lower income, and lower rates of home ownership. Marriage equality would afford lesbian and gay parents peace of mind, and also make it easier for these New York couples to save up to purchase a home, and to save for their children's college education.