LGBT People & Immigration
Same-sex Couples and Immigration in the United States
By Gary J. Gates and Craig Konnoth
There are an estimated 28,500 binational same-sex couples and nearly 11,500 same-sex couples in which neither partner is a U.S. citizen. None of these 40,000 couples are eligible to use the immigration preferences available to different-sex spouses. These couples are raising almost 25,000 children. Among the binational same-sex couples, the countries most represented are Mexico (25%), Canada (8%), and the United Kingdom (6%), and one-fourth live in California. Among noncitizens in binational couples, 45% are Latino/a and 14% are Asian/Pacific Islander.