More listed in state as same-sex couples, says

Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler was quoted on
this week:

In the decade that saw Massachusetts become the first
state to legalize gay marriage, the number of reported same-sex
couples in the state climbed sharply, suggesting to many advocates
that there is a growing public acceptance and that more gay couples
are willing to declare their relationships openly.

That level of social affirmation of our relationships
is crucial,’’ said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the
Family Equality
. “It’s just a monumental shift.’’

Still, many gay-rights advocates believe that the
surveys continue to underestimate the number of same-sex couples,
because people are “nervous or hesitating to answer

“You would think in 2010 that wouldn’t be the
case,’’ she said. “But it is, even in

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