US Census Bureau New Change - Will Now Include Same Sex Marriages

  • metta

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    Jul 31, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
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    The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was on hand for today's official announcement by the U.S. Commerce Department that the U.S. Census Bureau would report married same-sex couples in the 2010 census. The Task Force played a key role in getting the U.S. Census Bureau to report the number of married same-sex couples, which has never been done before and reverses an earlier decision made under the Bush administration.

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    Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

    "This is a tremendous victory for our community, which stood up and refused to allow same-sex marriages, our families and children to be rendered invisible in the picture of our country provided through the census. Finally, and fairly, married same-sex couples will be accurately reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. This is an important step forward, and one we hope signals the federal government's burgeoning commitment to including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in data and reporting on a broad spectrum of critical matters, such as those related to our community's health, economic issues, safety and life circumstances.

    "We would also like to thank Gary Gates and the Williams Institute for partnering with us to educate the administration on this critical issue of visibility for our community."



    http://www.thetaskforce.org/press/releases/pr_073109
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    Jul 31, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    Wow, things are changing quite quickly in the US. It's great.
  • Anto

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    Aug 01, 2009 8:08 AM GMT
    That seems confusing because the federal government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages as legal.
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    Aug 01, 2009 8:18 AM GMT
    Anto saidThat seems confusing because the federal government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages as legal.


    The federal government can't really get too involved in marriage laws. Deciding what constitutes a legal marriage is a power left largely to the state governments if I'm not mistaken.
  • Anto

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    Aug 01, 2009 9:31 AM GMT
    txdude12 said
    Anto saidThat seems confusing because the federal government doesn't recognize same-sex marriages as legal.


    The federal government can't really get too involved in marriage laws. Deciding what constitutes a legal marriage is a power left largely to the state governments if I'm not mistaken.


    That's what people say but then the federal government does have many laws respecting marriage beyond the state level and even defines recognized marriage as only being between one man and one woman in DOMA.