BROOKLYN - For the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will be releasing information on same-sex couples.

The decision reverses a Bush Administration policy that prohibited the data from being released. The Census Bureau will only be disclosing information about same-sex couples who identify themselves as married.

Only the District of Columbia and five states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Iowa - have legalized gay marriages, starting with Massachusetts in 2004. But the Census Bureau says same-sex couples in any state who consider themselves spouses should feel free to check the "husband" or "wife" boxes on the census form, rather than "unmarried partner."