For First Time, Census Data on Married Couples Includes Same-Sex Spouses

by D’Vera Cohn – The Census Bureau released new data today that for the first time counted same-sex spouses along with all other married couples in its largest household survey, which, despite the new additions, showed no reversal in the long-term national decline in marriage. The share of Americans ages 18 and older who are currently married inched downward in 2013, to 50.3%, compared with 50.5% in 2012, according to Pew Research Center calculations from the 2013 American Community Survey. The Census Bureau did not supply a breakout of the number of same-sex married couples in this round of data, but in 2012, the bureau estimated there were 182,000 households headed by same-sex married couples, compared with 56 million headed by opposite-sex married couples. In the past, if two people of the same gender said they were married, the Census Bureau reclassified them as cohabiting partners. Because there are relatively...

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