USA census is to include same-sex couples for the first time ever

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In order to account for same-sex married couples since the federal legalization of LGBT+ unions in 2015, the Census will ask married couples whether they are married to a person of the opposite sex or the same sex. Same-sex married couples have appraised the inclusion, with one married lesbian woman Wendy Becker stating that for most people such a question will remain unnoticed, but for the LGBT community it is one more sign that the state recognizes and accepts them, treating them equally to opposite-sex couples. However, the census only allows space for married LGBT+ people – not single ones – so there is still some work to be done on the way to total LGBT acceptance. “If this is about how resources are spent or given to communities and we are talking about the LGBTQ community, not everyone is married or in a relationship,” says Ronald Lewis, an openly gay man who is currently single to WAMU. The census is accounted for in the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution. As well as this, the census will not take into account transgender identities or any other gender identities in its data. The census will also face a legal challenge from the NAACP after it said that it will underground members of the African American community and other ethnic minorities in the country.

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