U.S. Census to Finally Start Counting Gay Married Couples as Families

The U.S. Census Bureau will start categorizing gay married couples as families, the Washington Post reports:

FamilyThe 2013 American Community Survey results, which will be reported in September, will mark the first time the census integrates an estimated 180,000 same-sex married couples with statistics concerning the nation’s 56 million families. Until now, they had been categorized as unmarried partners, even when couples reported themselves as spouses.

Because of the large disparity between the number of gay and straight married households, combining the two is not expected to have a significant effect on the statistics that scholars and planners use to analyze how families are changing. Its significance is largely symbolic of the growing acceptance of gays in American society.


  1. simon says

    Hope is not reality. The reality is these couples in every sense the same as any other couple in their states and now regarded as the same in Federal matters. Symbolic only means the number is insignificant compared to the total. Not symbolic as you or your church hopes it to be.

  2. simon says

    Some bigots may not see them them as equal in a symbolic way. The same with the fact that 50 years after the Civil Rights Acts, racism still exists.