It is U.S. census time, and for the first time same-gender couples are getting a chance to have our lives counted.
Couples can check one of two options: unmarried couple, or list each other as husband or wife. Either way, we will be counted. In the past, we were lumped together as unmarried couples, and the Census Bureau made no attempt to distinguish same-gender and different-gender unmarried couples.
We’d like more–say, offering a sexual orientation checkbox–but this is a good start on being counted.
If you have not yet filled out your census form, and you are a same-gender couple, I encourage you to check husbands or wives, even if you are not married legally anywhere.
In the eyes of God you are married, not to mention your friends and (hopefully) family. Given the inadequacy of the law, that is good enough for the census.
Remember, we count!