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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:40 AM
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Census releases data on same-sex marriages for the first time in history.

Census releases data on same-sex marriages for the first time in history.

For the first time ever, the Census Bureau has released estimates from the annual American Community Survey (ACS) of same-sex couples who identifed as married spouses in 2008. (Although the Census Bureau has been keeping track of same-sex marriages since 2000, the Bush administration refused to release the data, citing the federal ban on marriage equality.) Nearly 150,000 people said they had a same-sex spouse, and approximately 415,00 identified as unmarried partners:




The reason the number of same-sex spouses dropped this year was due to improvements to ACS survey design (PDF) and tabulation procedures not a drop in same-sex demographics. In the past, a large fraction of the people different-sex spouses had actually just made a mistake and checked an incorrect sex box, which inflated the number of same-sex couples. Williams Institute Fellow Gary Gates told ThinkProgress that repealing the Defense of Marriage Act would facilitating federal recognition for same-sex married couples, which would increase the need for federal agencies to collect accurate data on them.





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TheCoxwain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:53 AM
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1. I bet there are fundies going apoplectic at this.
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