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.

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  • myrios123

    Maybe Queerty and a few other blogs could work together and organize something where we could be counted… yes? no?

  • Wild Gift

    Perhaps we could just refuse to participate in any aspect of the census until we are fully recognized.

  • Geoff

    Counting all the GLBTs would sure make it easier for the religious whack-jobs to “round up all the queers” for something unimaginably fun too.

  • Rob

    @Wild Gift: That would be a great way to help Red States get more members of Congress and more votes in the Electoral College.

  • Steve

    How can they actually prevent a person from checking the “married” box on a form? I doubt they can. They have to provide a way for person #2 in a household to indicate that he/she is married to person #1 in that same household.

    They might choose not to count the checks where person #2 says he is “married” to person #1, if the two persons both indicate that they are “male”. But then, a Senator or a researcher could ask the question, “How many people checked that box, but were not counted because of that particular error?”

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