Census shows New Mexico has fifth-highest proportion of same-sex couples
According to Census Bureau data and an analysis by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, New Mexico has the fifth-highest proportion of same-sex couples among the states: 9.8 out of 1,000 households are headed by a same-sex couple.
Fifty-six percent of same-sex couples live in Santa Fe or Bernalillo Counties. About two-thirds are female couples and one-third are male couples. About one-quarter of the couples are raising children and three-quarters are not.
Only Vermont, Massachusetts, California and Oregon have higher proportions of same-sex couples, according to the analysis.
New Mexico offers no legal recognition for same-sex couples. A Public Policy Polling survey released in early July showed that forty-two percent of voters indicated they thought gay marriage should be legal, while 49 percent thought it should be illegal. However, when asked about civil unions and gay marriage, 37 percent said gay marriage should be legal, 31 percent said civil unions should be legal and 30 percent favored no legal recognition for same-sex couples at all.