Thursday, July 17, 2008

US Census may tabulate but won't publish stats on gay marriage

In 2010, U.S. census takers (I could become one of them!) will manually tabulate same-sex marriages, but gay marriages will not be counted in published Census Bureau totals. On marriages related to federal law and benefits (like social security survivorship or federal tax code of the IRS) will be published.

That was reported by Mike Swift of the brash San Jose Mercury News on July 12, 2008, in a story called “U.S. Census Bureau won’t count same-sex marriages,” link here. Swift makes note of the large number of gay marriage ceremonies in California since June 2008, and these could stop and become invalid depending on a November referendum, which the California Supreme Court will not try to prevent from happening (the court had declared that marriage law was unconstitutional as the state constitution is now).

Christopher Lee of the Washington Post picked up on the story today (July 17) on p A19 (link here), starting with a specific story from Massachusetts.

The unwillingness of government to publish data on same-sex marriages reinforces as nasty little secret: the benefits of heterosexual marriage, however essential it is to raise children and indirectly provide for the disabled and the elderly, requires subsidy and sacrifice from those who do not get married heterosexually. Call the concept “heterosexism.”

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