Here is the takeaway -
* 1996 0.3 per cent
* 2001 0.5 per cent
* 2006 0.6 per cent
* 2011 0.7 per cent
* 2006 0.7 per cent.And here is more of a breakdown in the numbers -
Australian Census figures show that same-sex couples have increased from 0.3 per cent of all couples in 1996 to 0.7 per cent, or 33,700 couples, in the 2011 Census.The numbers aren't very different overseas either, with an article in the Telegraph from 2010 citing numbers of one and a half percent gay population in the UK.
New Zealand's 2006 Census found that 0.7 per cent of Kiwi couples were in same-sex relationships.
In both countries, homosexual couples are younger, much better educated and better paid than heterosexual couples, although the pay differences partly reflect more heterosexual women (and some men) taking time out of paid work to bring up children.
In Australia, 1.6 per cent of partnered young people aged 15 to 24, but only 0.1 per cent of partnered seniors aged 65-plus, were in same-sex relationships in 2011. The comparable New Zealand data for 2006 were 1.6 per cent and 0.2 per cent.
The proportions of same-sex couples were highest in Sydney and Canberra (1.1 per cent) in 2011, and in Wellington (1.1 per cent) and Auckland (0.9 per cent) in 2006, with the lowest percentages in rural areas.
And yet society is being pressured to change laws based on these small percentages. Why? Part of it must be due to pressure that these minorities exert by way of activist members who make it into parliament and push their agendas. Part of it is also due to these groups having a large voice in the media and in entertainment. And that was part of their agenda from the start and part of the marketing plan that Kirk and Madsen put forward in their book, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90's. In it, Kirk and Madsen reveal their marketing plan using Hollywood and the media to make homosexuality acceptable.
Looks like it has worked. Heaven knows where we'll go from here.