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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Now You Can Be Gay-Married on Your Census Form

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 5:05 PM

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Hooray! It's that magical day when the census form arrives! This year we're even more excited about it, because as you may have read, there's now an option for gay married people to proclaim their actual status.

Also, even if a gay couple with no official marriage license considers itself married, the couple can still select "husband and wife." (The Census enumerators have software that will sort out the gender issues later).

That's a big deal for gays and lesbians because, according to Jennifer Giles of the Census Bureau, Census participation leads to money and political power.

Giles writes:

Population data from the Census is used to determine

allocation of 435

seats in the House of Representatives and over $400 billion in federal

funding every year - for the next decade. For any particular minority

group, Census participation can also lead to visibility.

It's hard to ignore the civil rights of a population when its number

is known.

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