Politicos Start Demanding: Count Gays in 2010 Census

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Though it’s likely to have little impact, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (who wants Bloomberg’s job some day) — who are both gay marriage supportersbegan demanding the 2010 national census collect data on gays and lesbians. Too bad the Bill Clinton-supported Defense of Marriage Act prohibits the Census Bureau from counting us as anything but “unmarried partners,” or so it argues, even though we’ve now got four states where same-sex marriage is legal and a number of others who officially recognize those states’ unions. So as data collectors go door-to-door to make sure every American is counted, we’ll still remain an invisible class — because allowing us to check a “married” box would be far too difficult.