Monday, March 9, 2009
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.