Same-sex Couples and Immigration in the United States

By 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.   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.

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