Census Bureau: 150,000 Same-Sex Couples Report as Married in 2008
Offering a preview of what's to come in the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau has reported that almost 150,000 couples reported being in marriages last year:
"About 27 percent of the estimated 564,743 total gay couples in the United States said they were in a relationship akin to 'husband' and 'wife,' according to the Census Bureau tally provided to The Associated Press. That's compared with 91 percent of the 61.3 million total opposite-sex couples who reported being married. A consultant to the Census Bureau estimated there were roughly 100,000 official same-sex weddings, civil unions and domestic partnerships in 2008. 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."
Previous years, however, have revealed even higher numbers (341,000 in 2007 and 390,000 in 2005 and 2006), a statistical disparity attributed to "confusing survey layouts and formatting errors."