December 20, 2010 -- Gary Gates of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on the gay-rights battles that remain since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
In the last decade, gay-rights advocates have changed their message to focus less on the right to be different and more on the desire to join in the rights of mainstream society. That has come about, in part, as more gay Americans have come out to friends and family. Today, about 4% of Americans identify as gay or lesbian, said Gary Gates, a demographer at the Williams Institute, at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School, which studies sexual orientation in the law and public policy. Data from the Census Bureau in 2009 said there about 581,000 cohabitating same-sex couples in the U.S.
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