California and Massachusetts may allow same-sex marriage, but the federal government’s still not ready to take the plunge.
Thanks the the Defense of Marriage Act, the Census Bureau has decided not to count same-sex married couples in the 2010 national tally.
The U.S. Census Bureau, reacting to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other mandates, plans to edit the 2010 census responses of same-sex couples who marry legally in California, Massachusetts or any other state. They will be reported as “unmarried partners,” rather than married spouses, in census tabulations – a policy that will likely draw the ire of gay rights groups.
The Census Bureau followed the same procedure for the 2000 census, and it does not plan to change in 2010 even though courts in Massachusetts and now California have ruled gay men and lesbians can marry lawfully.
Nice to know that even when gays conform to relationship “norms,” we still don’t count. Hooray for democratic hypocrisy!