Census to change the way it counts gay married couples

WashpostWilliams Institute Distinguished Scholar Gary Gates comments on the decision to recognize same-sex married couples as families in the US Census count:

May 26, 2014 – “While I fully endorse this change, because it’s the right thing to do, we’re not completely sure how reliable the data will be to start,” said Gary Gates, who studies gay demographics at the Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School. “But on the social and cultural side, it’s important to tell researchers and the public that the federal government views these people as families and these couples as married. That in itself has utility.”

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