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Making Sense of the Cenus: What’s On There For You Homogays

It is illegal — yes, a crime — to neglect the U.S. Census mailer that’s now arriving in your mailbox. You have to fill it out. Or the feds are gonna hunt you down! But probably not. For queers, the 2010 census represents the first time that same-sex marriage is even legal in some jurisdictions. And while the federal government still treats gay marriages the same as unicorns and pixie dust, there’s a brand new checkbox on there some of you might want to mark. It’s the “unmarried partners” label, and Mary “Bside” Buckheit — she of the Catholic coming out story — is gonna ‘splain how this works.

Of course, still missing from the 2010 Census: questions about sexual orientation. Major oversight, ya?s