It looks like Canada’s support for same-sex marriage is on a crazy rise.
On Sept 19, New Statistics Canada census data revealed that the number of same-sex married couples has tripled since 2006. Same sex marriage was legalized in 2005, just before the 2006 census — 13,550 same-sex couples got married between 2006-2011. Common law same-sex couples also increased 15 percent between 2006-2011, slightly more than the average overall increase of 13.8 percent for common law couples. Whether married or common-law, 55 percent of the same-sex couples recorded in the census data are male.
Lesbian couples are significantly more likely than gay male couples to have children: 17 percent of female same-sex couples have kids, compared to only three percent of male couples.
The overall percentage of same-sex couples parenting shot up by 181.5 percent since the last census – 9.4 percent of same-sex couples now have kids, compared to 47.2 percent of straight couples.
Egale Executive Director Helen Kennedy says the increasing number of same-sex families with children should push provinces to ensure their schools are safe for students from queer families.
“Youth with same-sex parents are being sexually and physically harassed or assaulted about the sexual orientation of their parents and their own perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” Kennedy says. “With such a dramatic increase of same-sex couples with children we need to address these issues within our education system.”
It looks like Canada is on the same-sex marriage wagon and showing amazing results.