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|Census Figures on Same-Sex Couples
by MARGIE MASON, AP Writer
Wednesday, August 8, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly a million gays and lesbians identified themselves as members of same-sex couples in the 2000 census, which for the first time gives an authoritative record of homosexuals in America.But the total gay population is much larger, since the census didn't provide an opportunity for single homosexuals to identify their sexual orientation, and didn't count gay couples who live apart.
According to the latest census statistics released Wednesday, California and Vermont lead the nation with the highest percentage of gay couples, while San Francisco has nearly twice as many same-sex partners as any other county.
There are 92,138 same-sex couples in California, including 8,902 in San Francisco. In Vermont, 1,933 same-sex couples responded to the census. Gay and lesbian couples make up nearly 1 percent of total households reported in both states.
The census found that gay couples represent 2.7 percent of San Francisco's households. However, San Francisco's total gay population is closer to 10 percent, or 80,000 people, according to San Francisco pollster David Binder.
Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed
1 The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 "My lords," he said, "please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning."
"No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square."
3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-both young and old-surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."
6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof."
9 "Get out of our way," they replied. And they said, "This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them." They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.
10 But the men inside reached out and pulled Lot back into the house and shut the door. 11 Then they struck the men who were at the door of the house, young and old, with blindness so that they could not find the door.
12 The two men said to Lot, "Do you have anyone else here-sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it."
[27:54] Lot said to his people, "How could you commit such an abomination, publicly, while you see?
[27:55] "You practice sex with the men, lustfully, instead of the women. Indeed, you are ignorant people."
[27:56] The only response from his people was their saying, "Banish Lot's family from your town; they are people who wish to be pure."
[27:57] Consequently, we saved him and his family, except his wife; we counted her among the doomed.[27:58] We showered them with a certain shower. It was a miserable shower upon people who had been warned.