The U.S. Census Bureau, reacting to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other mandates, plans to edit the 2010 census responses of same-sex couples who marry legally in California, Massachusetts or any other state. They will be reported as "unmarried partners," rather than married spouses, in census tabulations - a policy that will likely draw the ire of gay rights groups. - The Mercury NewsThis may not strike the chord it ought to with many, but consider this: Census data is used to determine things like school funding and school population projections in many areas. Shouldn't a married gay couple that is more likely to adopt a child (or make a child using fertility techniques) register when trying to figure out how many kids will be in our schools in five or ten years?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Marriage And The Census
What if you were legally married, but the Census Bureau said otherwise?