[T]he U.S. Census this year will let same-sex couples label themselves as husband or wife even if their relationships are not recognized by law. . . . the documents offer one of two boxes for same-sex couples — "husband or wife" or "unmarried partners."
UPDATE 3/30/10: Homosexualists say Census falls short on support for Gay Agenda
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-- From "U.S. Census allows same-sex couples in N.J. to identify themselves as married" by Rohan Mascarenhas/The Star-Ledger (New Jersey) 3/8/10
The census bureau plans to leave it to responders to characterize their own relationships.
"We have a policy of self-identification," said Igor Alves, a media specialist with the agency. "If they want to put husband or unmarried partner, that is up to them. We basically want to tally what they select."
The new policy took effect last summer, when the Commerce Department released a legal opinion that argued the federal government could tabulate and release same-sex marriage data under the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
In the last decennial count, officials re-coded same-sex husband or wife answers to "unmarried partners," since no state in the country recognized same-sex marriage at the time.
The new numbers could drastically affect political debates on gay issues, said Steven Goldstein, chairman of the gay-rights group Garden State Equality.
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