Population of Arizona? 6,392,017 souls or approximately 11 people per acre when spread out over the entire state.
Number of husband and wife households in Arizona? The 2010 U.S. Census counted nearly 1.15 million husband and wife households in Arizona. Number of same-sex households in Arizona? The 2010 U.S. Census counted nearly 21,000 same-sex couples in Arizona.
So how does that work out? About 1.83% of couples identified in Arizona by the U.S. Census Bureau are same-sex. Think about that. What does that figure suggest for the overall GLBT population of Arizona? Even being generous and posting that figure at 3% still only yields less than a single legislative district (there are 30 of those).
So what prompted this article? The fact that in spite of numbers so statistically small, the Associated Press, FoxNews Phoenix, ABC15, and the Arizona Daily Star actually expended time and space reporting this minor factoid. And, I’ll bet this isn’t over. By the end of the news-day today several more of Arizona’s MSM will have carried the same story. And by the end of the week, they’ll be editorials, commentary (like this one) to fill a book!
Why? How is a small stadium (about the size of Chase Field) of people among so many more millions a “news story”? How about how many children have a father living in the same household or how many female veterans are homeless in our state? Priorities. What’s important. That’s what the media reports. If they are simply keeping score then the numbers aren’t encouraging and perhaps don’t warrant the amount of attention given to GLBT issues in the media.
Are they a viable component of Arizona’s population? Absolutely. Do they receive more than their share of attention and political clout disproportionate to their numbers? Absolutely. In our state today aren’t there more important issues to address such as the growing influence of Chinese investment in U.S. resources?
And of course, maybe we should be paying attention to that whole Debt-Ceiling issue now raging in Washington. After all, $0.40 of each dollar spent by the federal government daily is borrowed. How sustainable is that?
(picture courtesy of the website Global Cocktails)
There are more important issues today than tracking same-sex couples, so why does the media expend the energy on this issue? How much energy and capital is expended on the GLBT community in Arizona and why given what a small segment of the overall population they truly are.