Count Bathrooms But Not Gay Couples
I wanted to re-visit an issue Dare To Dream addressed last year and that is the up coming 2010 census, especially with three more States joining the ranks of legalizing Gay Marriage since the original posting
The press reported in July 2008, that the Census Bureau had decided how it will handle same-sex couples who were “married”, in the two States (now five) that recognize same-sex marriages, and those who might have been married in any of the dozen or so worldwide countries that also have legalized the unions, they will just change the couples status to “unmarried partners”.
Supporters of the Census Bureau’s actions quote the federal law, so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and argue that the government doesn’t recognize the marriages of same-sex couples, even if states and other countries do. Guess a Federal Act check-mates any State laws and majority at the ballot box.
It is ironic that the Census Bureau’s own mission statement is compromised in this decision:
“The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided on this mission by strong and capable workforce, our readiness to innovate, and our abiding commitment to our customers.”
Quality data? Commitment to their customers?
The 2010 data will be like the lied about body counts from Viet Nam that were given to the public in the 60’s and 70’s.
I would think that the Government would want an accurate count of these couples so it could be shown that many “gay couples” didn’t rush off and get married and that many couples are more interested in the rights of partnership than the right to “tack” the word marriage to their unions.
If the Census can count the number of bathrooms in a household they can count same-sex marriages.