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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who stirred California's battle over gay marriage by opening City Hall to same-sex weddings in 2004, is suggesting another front in the marriage fight.

Newsom told attendees at a gay and lesbian political caucus at the state Democratic Party's annual convention today that he wants the U.S. Census to count same-sex couples who say they are married.

"When we go out and do the Census, people are going to be asked if they are married and same-sex couples will say, 'Yes,' " said Newsom, a newly minted candidate for governor. "And when the Census people analyze the data and go back to their computers they'll say, 'No.'

"The gay and lesbian community will not be counted unless we also fight for that change."


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