Census Bureau Releases New Estimates of Married Same-Sex Couples
September 27, 2011 by Brian Moulton, Legal Director
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau issued revised estimates of same-sex couples, both those identifying as unmarried partners and those who are married. There were over 130,000 married same-sex couples in the 2010 Census, a nearly 200% increase from the 2000 Census. More than half a million same-sex couples also reported themselves as unmarried partners. In total, the 2010 Census reported almost 650,000 same-sex couples, an 80% increase from 2000. More information about the 2010 Census data is available here.
This data drives home the fact that while more and more gay and lesbian couples are getting married, discrimination still prevents thousands of them from having access to those protections in their home states. And even the thousands who are legally married are denied the multitude of rights, benefits and responsibilities of marriage under federal law. Elected officials at all levels cannot continue to pretend that laws discriminating against our community aren’t harming real families, families who live in their cities, counties, districts and states. These new Census numbers provide advocacy groups and LGBT individuals a powerful tool in demanding our equality.
HRC is proud to have been a part of the coalition of groups pushing the Census Bureau to release data on married same-sex couples and to encourage the LGBT community to participate in the 2010 Census and ensure that our families were counted.