Census shows jump in reported Wyo. gay households

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The latest census figures show that gay domestic partners are one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in Wyoming.

Of those couples, 28 percent are raising children, a high number compared to most states.

Gary Gates, a demographer with the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, says the high rate of gay households raising children is consistent with other conservative states where more people come out as gay in adulthood. By that point many of those gay people have had children.

Figures from the 2010 census show 1,147 same-sex households in Wyoming, up from a little more than 800 couples in 2000 who reported they were same-sex domestic partners.

The rate of increase is comparable to the population increases in Wyoming's fastest-growing minority groups over the past decade.