Opposite/same-sex status of couple family

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on October 22, 2007.


Opposite/same-sex status refers to whether the spouses or partners in a couple family are of the opposite sex or the same sex.

Couple family refers to a family that contains a married or common-law couple. A couple may be of opposite or same sex.

In economic families, a couple family is a family where the reference person has a legally married spouse or common-law partner in the family (regardless of whether or not the reference person also has children).


'Opposite/same-sex status of couple family' is derived from the responses to questions about the relationships among the people who live in the household and about the sex of each household member.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.


Relation to previous version

  • Opposite/same-sex status of couple family October 22, 2007 to current

    This is the current standard.

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