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Number of Same-Sex Couples in Nebraska Rises

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The number of same-sex couples in Nebraska has grown more than 60 percent over the past decade.

A report cited by the Lincoln Journal Star says there were 3,749 gay couples in Nebraska in 2010, up from 2,332 in 2000. The report was issued by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s Law School and is based on census data.

The report also says 71 percent of Nebraska’s gay couples are women, and more than 800 gay couples are raising children. The majority of gay couples live in the eastern half of the state.

Nebraska doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. Neighboring Iowa does, and the report found that state had 6,540 gay couples in 2010.

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