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Gary J. Gates

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For Same-Sex Couples, a Tale of Two Paths to Parenting

(9) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 3:14 PM

The weekly adventures of Modern Family's gay parents Mitchell and Cameron highlight a common contemporary media image of gay parenting: wealthy, urban, white gay men raising an adopted child. However, U.S. Census Bureau data suggest that same-sex couples raising children are substantially more diverse than these...

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Virginia Lawmakers Should Do What's Best for Kids

(41) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 7:25 PM

Legislation that would allow all agencies licensed to make foster care or adoption placement decisions to decide who they serve based on religious or moral beliefs is currently under consideration in Virginia and recently passed the House of Delegates. The so-called "conscience clause" legislation also would prohibit the state from...

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Can Homophobia Reduce Your Home Equity?

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 8:19 PM

It's a widely held belief that gay people are good for the neighborhood. The story goes that when gay people move into an area, they spruce up the place, attract some nice coffee shops, wine bars, and restaurants, and eventually transform urban grit to trendy chic. Research by...

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Counting Same-Sex Couples: It's Not as Easy as You Think

(9) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 1:08 AM

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau changed its mind about how many same-sex couples were identified in the 2010 Census. Instead of the 900,000 couples reported in data released this summer, the Bureau revised the figure downward to just under 650,000 couples. They also estimated that there were...

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Tax Day Reminds Same-Sex Couples of Inequality

(10) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 11:46 AM

With Tax Day upon us, Americans across the country are signing checks made out to the IRS. For the married lesbian and gay couples in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and California (and soon for those in Iowa and Vermont), that check might bring a little sharper pain than they expected. They will...

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