Same-sex couples counted in Census as married

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The federal government and the state of Texas won’t recognize Noel Freeman’s eight-year relationship with another man as marriage, but the 2010 U.S. census will.

For the first time, the census will publish data on same-sex spouses who self-identify as married on their census forms, even though they cannot legally wed in Texas or 44 other states.

When census forms arrive this week at the Heights home Freeman shares with Brad Pritchett, the 33-year-old administrative specialist plans to check the box for “husband” on the question that asks how he is related to Pritchett, 30.

Full story: Same-sex couples counted in census – Houston Chronicle