There are more than 100,000 households in America in which Hispanic same-sex couples reside, according to a new study.
That is a fraction of the 894,000 same-sex couples living together in the country as a whole, but it matches the proportion _ 14 percent _ that Hispanics occupy overall in the U.S. population.
Using U.S. Census data, researchers found these homosexual Hispanic partners are far less likely than their Anglo same-sex counterparts to own their own homes and to be U.S. citizens, according to the study by the National Latino, a Coalition for Justice and the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
They also are significantly more likely to be raising children, the study said.
The report comes as Texas and several other states across the country are weighing constitutional bans against gay marriage. It also comes amid other studies showing that Hispanics who are native to the United States are far more accepting of homosexual unions than those who are recent arrivals.
Latino “same-sex couples are no different than any other loving couple,” said Lisbeth Melendez Rivera of the coalition.
To gauge the view of Hispanics toward homosexual issues, the Pew Hispanic Center conducted a national survey on attitudes toward same-sex unions.
Researchers found that 72 percent of Latinos overall found the idea unacceptable, Pew research associate Sonya Tafoya said.
That attitude was even more pronounced among foreign-born Hispanics, of whom 77 percent felt same-sex unions were bad. But of Latinos born in the United States, just 64 percent opposed gay marriages.
The difference reflects a trend toward more tolerance among those who are more assimilated to the overall U.S. culture than are those who are newer to America, Tafoya and other experts said.
Among the findings of the same-sex household survey, which was released this week:
_ Same-sex Hispanic households earn more than $25,000 less a year than Anglo same-sex partners.
_ Hispanic same-sex partners are at least two times more likely to be raising children than Anglo same-sex couples.
_ Six percent of Hispanic women in gay partnerships say they have served in the military, compared to just 1 percent of Hispanic women married to men.
_ Only 43 percent of Hispanic same-sex households own their own homes, compared to 72 percent of Anglo same-sex partners.
_ About one-third of Hispanic men in gay households and about 26 percent of gay Hispanic women say they are not U.S. citizens, compared to just 5 percent of those in Anglo same-sex homes.
(Contact Lisa Hoffman at HoffmanL(at)shns.com)