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Should There Be a Gay Census?

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The U.S. Census Bureau is being pressured to survey citizens about their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Hill reported today that a bipartisan group of lawmakers believe the U.S. Census Bureau should "help the government identify the size, location, and circumstances in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people live."

In a letter, the lawmakers wrote, "The Census Bureau should advance plans to expand LGBT data collection in future national surveys." The document was signed by 78 lawmakers.

Only married, same-sex couples are currently identified in the census, but many believe more comprehensive data could better serve the social and economic circumstances of the LGBT population.

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