Sunday, September 13, 2009

Census in 2010 will report same-sex couples for first time, but may provoke public policy fights

The 2010 U.S. Census will be the first in which the number or percentage of same-sex couples is publicly reported, according to a comprehensive article by Carol Morello on p A7 of the Sunday September 13 Washington Post. The title is “Census count of same-sex couples to stir policy fights” and the link is here.

In 2000, the Census Bureau privately kept a tally of same-sex couples, but the Bush administration nixed the publication of the data, citing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, signed by president Clinton. The motive for suppression of data obviously was to avoid certain kinds of political pressure.

In 1990, the Census Bureau actually took the silly step of changing the gender of one person in a same-sex partnership.

Government, in the past, could not be counted on for reliable social information, it seems. That belongs to the people. No wonder Washington had a Tea Party yesterday.

Bring on the book of Numbers!

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