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Finally: For the First Time, the U.S. Census Bureau Releases Data on Same-Sex Couples

No longer restricted by the Bush administration, the Bureau has released data on some 150,000 married same-sex couples.
 
 
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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“:

ACS Data On Same-Sex Couples

Amanda Terkel is Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Deputy Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.