1,300 married same-sex couples in Minnesota, according to Census

September 28, 2011 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

The U.S Census released updated numbers Tuesday on the number of married same-sex couples in the United States. There are currently 152,335 same-sex couples in the country that identified as married and another 440,989 that are unmarried. In Minnesota, there are 1,330 same-sex couples who have married in other states.

Though Minnesota doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry—and a measure is on the ballot in 2012 to ban marriage for same-sex couples in the state constitution—703 female couples and 627 male couples have married in other jurisdictions. Marriage for same-sex couples is legal in six states, the nation’s capitol and two sovereign nations.

One-third of Minnesota’s same-sex couples that reported being married are raising children under the age of 18.

Iowa, where same-sex marriage has been legal for two years, has as many married couples as Minnesota: 1,373. Wisconsin has 1,194 married same-sex couples, North Dakota has 146, and South Dakota has 175.

The Census Bureau downgraded the number of same-sex couples nationally who are married from earlier estimates because of data problems.

“We understand how important it is for all groups to have accurate statistics that reflect who we are as a nation,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves in a statement on Tuesday. “As scientists, we noticed the inconsistency and developed the revised estimates to provide a more accurate portrait of the number of same-sex couples. We’re providing all three—the revised, original and ACS estimates—together to provide users with the full, transparent picture of our current measurement of same-sex couples.”

The Census data shows that 1 in 5 same-sex couples in the United States identified themselves as married.