Gays and the census: an honest view of American families

Social change usually occurs in incremental steps, and this week — census week — offers encouraging word that gay and lesbian couples who share a home can describe themselves on the forms as husbands or wives.

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Census aims to better count Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples filling out the 2010 Census questionnaire this week can identify themselves as either unmarried partners or married -- whether married legally or not -- and have confidence that their unions will show up in the statistics, U.S. Census Bureau officials say.

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Advocates and opponents of gay rights both eagerly await new census data on same-sex couples

Newsweek
October 27, 2009
For the first time, the number of same-sex couples who self-identify as married—license or no license—will be tabulated and released to the public. The move is seen as both a nod to the gay community and a boost to policy fights, from challenging laws that limit gay adoptions to the nationwide legalization of gay marriage. [Link]

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Census Bureau Says 2020 Count Could Include Legally Married Same-Sex Couples

The Associated Press
October 23, 2009

The U.S. Census Bureau announced plans to make data on same-sex couples who described themselves as married available on a state-by-state basis in the 2010 Census (though these couples will still be officially counted as "unmarried partners"). [Link]

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2011 UK Census Questions Published

BBC News (UK)
October 22, 2009
The questions for the 2011 UK census have been released and for the first time include a question about "same sex civil partnership status." [Link]

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Census Count: 23,000 of California’s Same-Sex Couples Consider Themselves Married

San Jose Mercury News
September 23, 2009
As many as 23,000 same-sex couples in California identified themselves as married last year, according to the first census figures to report on married same-sex couples — a number significantly higher than a previous estimate for the state had indicated. [Link]

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Census: New Count for Same-Sex Couples

USA Today
September 21, 2009
The Williams Institute's Gary Gates and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Jaime Grant comment on the U.S. Census' newly released numbers: The new Census form is more detailed, but still may not give the full picture of LGBT people across the board. [Link]

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150,000 Same-Sex Couples Report Being Married

The Associated Press
September 21, 2009
Nearly 150,000 same-sex couples reported being married last year, many more than the number of actual weddings and civil unions, according to first-ever U.S. census figures. Analysts said the disparities are probably a reflection of same-sex couples in committed relationships who would get married if they could in their states. [Link]

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