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150,000 Gay couples report marriage to census
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150,000 Gay couples report marriage to census

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Nearly 150,000 same-sex couples reported being in marriage relationships last year, according to the first U.S. census figures released on same-sex marriages.

The Census Bureau reported to The Associated Press that 27% of the estimated 564,743 total Gay couples in the United States said they were in a relationship parallel to "husband" and "wife." That's compared with 91% of the 61.3 million opposite-sex couples that reported being married.

The Census Bureau estimated there were roughly 100,000 official same-sex weddings, civil unions and domestic partnerships in 2008.

Analysts report the disparities as being a reflection of same-sex couples in committed relationships that would get married if they could in their states. The numbers are also an indicator of the count to come in the 2010 census, a total that's expected to stir a state-by-state fight over same-sex marriage, Gay adoption and other legal rights.

The Obama administration, under pressure from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, agreed to make an official count of same-sex unions and partnerships for the first time in the 2010 head count.

According to the census report, nationwide, about 56% of the 149,956 total same-sex marriages in last year's survey were Lesbian couples. Same-sex spouses were reported in every state.

In the latest report, the figures provided higher, previously unreleased numbers for the three previous years.

In 2007, 341,000 out of 753,618 total same-sex couples reported being in a marriage relationship, even though only about 11,000 marriage licenses had been issued in the country. The numbers were even higher for 2005 and 2006; about 390,000 each year reported being in same-sex marriage out of nearly 780,000 reported Gay couples.

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