2010 Census to Ignore Gay Unions

Monday, March 9, 2009

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Well, that’s easy enough. My advice to gay and lesbian couples is to ignore the 2010 census. Place it where it belongs: in the trash.

The 2010 Census will not count same-sex marriages or ask respondents about their sexual orientation.

You can thank the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) signed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton for not recognizing gay unions sanctioned by states.

Census takers will ask same-sex couples who live together to define themselves as “unmarried partners,” as they did in 2000 before certain states like Connecticut and Massachusetts legalized gay marriage.

According to U.S. Census spokeswoman Cynthia Endo:

“This is all about the numbers. This not about lifestyle or anything else.”

Lifestyle? I always thought being an avid golfer or a vegetarian met the definition of a “lifestyle.” Talk about rank stupidity and blatant homophobia at a Federal level.

The omission of gay marriage and sexuality questions on the census rightly angers some gays and lesbian couples who argue that a proper accounting would give them the same visibility as minorities who gain political power when their numbers are counted.

It is too late to add questions before 2010. Congress, by law, must approve the questions for the census no later than two years in advance of the count.

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18 Responses to 2010 Census to Ignore Gay Unions

  1. JollyRoger says:

    Now now…… gays are the only group of people the Jesusistanis can discriminate openly against. What ever would they do if they didn’t have THAT?

    I’d personally like to see census questions distributed in wingtard states that asked questions like “are you the descendant of a brother-sister sexual relationship?”

  2. Mets Fan says:

    I heard a conservative radio guy on the drive home last week mention this very topic and apparently, the radical right likes the census exactly as it is today.

    They’re terrified an accurate counting of gay couple could give gay Americans increased visibility and political influence. They don’t want this to happen.

  3. Teen LaQueeffa says:

    Good to know.

    When I get the census in the mail, it’s going directly in the shredder.

  4. Bel Ami says:

    This revelation is yet another confirmation of why Clinton’s ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ must be repealed ASAP. I’m ashamed to admit I voted for Billary but after DOMA and DADT, I grew to hate the man.

  5. bradfrmphnx says:

    The religious right extremeist spreading the “gospel” once again. “Seig Heil!”

  6. TheRadicalRealist says:

    Thanks for the heads-up. Now I will have to trash the damn thing.

  7. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    It’s interesting. The government won’t allow gay couples to marry and they don’t include you in the Federal census but they sure as hell want you to pay Federal income tax.

    What am I missing here?

  8. feminazi says:

    I think Arizona is correct. Why should the gay community pay income tax when your status as American citizens in one notch below someone here on a green card? The fact that the Census won’t recognize gay unions means you don’t exist. I’m trying to understand this. So it can all be traced back to DOMA? Then, DOMA needs to go.

  9. libhomo says:

    The long form of the census is an enormous invasion of privacy. It should be eliminated.

  10. JollyRoger says:

    Admitting you’re a Native on those forms guarantees you a visit from a census worker. Sometimes I admit to it, and sometimes I don’t. I haven’t decided what I’ll do this time around.

  11. Joe in Colorado says:

    I never realized the political implications of the US Census until reading this. Thanks, Chris, for helping to educate me on this issue. As a straight man, I am now disinclined to fill out the Census paperwork now and will probably shred it.

  12. mbmdl says:

    So it’s 2009, nearly 40 years after Stonewall, 36 years after the APA removed homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders, and two U.S. states have legalized gay marriage, and the US Census is so lame that they’re referring to being gay as a “lifestyle?” You know what? Ours is going in the garbage can too in solidarity. This is grossly unjust.

  13. DMason says:

    You know what? I don’t remember ever receiving a census form in 2000. I remember one in 1990 and it asked all sorts of oddball questions about the number of toilets I had in my apartment.

  14. Well, if we don’t exist, I guess they won’t miss our taxes. Oh wait….

    Maybe we should make our own box and check it.

  15. Randy Arroyo says:

    I’m tired of paying 28% of my income to the Federal government only to be told I am a second class American and I don’t count. Well, fuck all of you in Washington DC, because I matter and I have value.

  16. DR says:

    yeah, lemme know how those tax evasion charges go, I could always use the work 😉

    Seriously, I have to agree. They (the Feds) want our money, and will send us to jail if we don’t give it to them, but refuse to even count us in a census?!?

    anyone know a single man in Montreal looking for a partner? I’ve got a good head for languages and can probably learn French very quickly…

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  18. dottedline says:

    Dangerous stuff indeed. Commonwealth of Kentucky now trying to outlaw gay adoption: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=51190424339&ref=ts

    Thinking of calling my payroll company and asking them to “fix the glitch.”

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