The U.S. Census Bureau has admitted that it overestimated the number of households with same-sex couples in its 2010 Census report. In a press release, the bureau announced that, according to its revised estimates, there were approximately 131,729 same-sex “married” couples in the United States, and around 514,735 same-sex unmarried partners. The new estimate was revised down from the original “summary file count” of an improbable 349,377 homosexual “married couple” households and 552,620 same-sex unmarried partner households.
Census Bureau officials explained that the original count, released during the summer, was incorrect because of an “inconsistency in responses … that artificially inflated the number of same-sex couples.” The discrepancy supposedly occurred when Census respondents checked incorrect boxes concerning their relationship to the householder.
“Statistics on same-sex couple households are derived from two questions” on Census forms, explained the bureau: “relationship to householder and the sex of each person.
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