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    Same-sex Couples and Immigration in the United States

    Gary J. Gates and Craig Konnoth
    November 2011

    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.

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    Separate and Not Equal: Bi-National Same–Sex Couples

    M.V. Lee Badgett, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 2011, vol. 36 No. 4
    November 2011

    In an article published recently in Signs, Williams Institute Research Director Lee Badgett discusses her research on bi-national same-sex couples living in the Netherlands.

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    Cross-National Differences in Attitudes towards Homosexuality

    By Tom W. Smith
    May 2011

    In five rounds of surveys between 1988 and 2008 the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) has asked questions about homosexuality (www.issp.org).

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    Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation: A Hong Kong Study

    By Holning Lau, Rebecca L. Stotzer
    June 2010

    This survey of 792 self-identified sexual orientation minorities in Hong Kong examined (1) the prevalence of sexual orientation-based discrimination, (2) risk factors associated with experiencing discrimination, and (3) the relationship between experiencing employment discrimination and psychological outcomes. Nearly one-third of respondents reported discrimination. Reports of discrimination were associated with negative psychological outcomes. This paper discusses how these results reinforce calls for legislative action.

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    Irish Men and Women in Same-Sex Partnerships in the United States

    By Gary J. Gates
    March 2008

    The Irish government has announced its intention to enact a civil partnership law that would for the first time offer formal legal recognition to same-sex couples in the Republic of Ireland. The 2006 Irish Census revealed that there were 2,090 same-sex cohabiting couples in the country.

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    Assessing the Harms of Noncompliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’ Protections of Sexual Minorities

    By Holning Lau, Esq.
    July 13, 2006

    This report identifies four ways in which the United States is noncompliant with antidiscrimination standards defined by the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

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