Census Releases New Estimates of Same-Sex Couple Households

9/27/2011

Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
jackie@freedomtomarry.org
917-620-4502


(Washington, D.C., September 27, 2011) – Today, the U.S. Census Bureau held a news conference releasing new estimates of same-sex couple households from the 2010 Census, including estimates relating to married and unmarried same-sex partners.  Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign win marriage nationwide, on the findings:

"The Census Bureau’s most recent estimates of same-sex couples reiterate the need to end marriage discrimination once and for all.  The number of gay and lesbian couples in committed, loving relationships, raising families together, continues to grow, leaving more and more families without the critical safety-net of marriage. 

“These findings also confirm that those who most need the support marriage offers – particularly in these tough economic times – live in the places with the fewest protections.  The South is home to more gay parents than any other region in the nation.  And yet, these families are not only discriminated against by their home states, which exclude them from marriage and bar even lesser protections such as civil union and domestic partnership, but are also targeted for an additional layer of discrimination from the federal government under the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

“When DOMA was stampeded into law back in 1996, no gay couples were married anywhere in the world; Congress was voting on a hypothetical. Now we have Census confirmed couples across the country who are harmed by this unconscionable law.  In the United States, we don't have second-class citizens, and we shouldn't have second-class marriages. It’s time to follow the Golden Rule and the Constitution and end marriage discrimination once and for all."

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.