Who's a family? New study tracks shifting US views on gay families

Only about one-third of those surveyed said they considered same-sex couples without children to be a family. And in 2006, when asked if gay couples and pets count as family, 30 percent said pets count but not gay couples.

"The sheer idea that gay couples are given less status than pets should give us pause," [Indiana University sociologist] Powell said in an interview.

No, no, I totally get it. First, the chickens in California get more protection than the gays. Now we learn that just four years ago, 30% of America thought their pugs were more worthy of family-status that any of my gay friends in committed relationships.

Thirty percent.

And people wonder where the Tea Party came from.

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Kevin Heckman said…
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Kevin Heckman said…
As a vegan, I am emphatic in my insistence that my non-human housemates are part of my family.

As a decent human being, I am emphatic that the above is true even if my cats are gay.

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