Of all the places in California to settle as a gay couple raising children, one of the last places you might quickly think of would be a rural farmland county with a city that officially supported Proposition 8.
But U.S. census figures released Thursday show that the county with the highest density of same-sex couples raising children is Tulare County - a dairy epicenter that just happens to contain Porterville, a city that adopted a resolution supporting the 2008 anti-gay marriage ballot measure.
Of the 824 same-sex couples that call Tulare County home, about 46 percent have chosen to have and raise children. That is the highest percentage among counties with more than 50 same-sex couples.
"It's not San Francisco, it's not L.A. It's not where we know to be very high enclaves of the gay population," said Gary Gates, a demographer with the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. "Child-rearing among same-sex couples is the highest in the most conservative and rural parts of the state."
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