WaPo: White House Looks To Include Same-Sex Unions In Census Count

June 19, 2009

pride-flag-verticalI first wrote back in March about the Census’s plan not to count any same-sex unions/marriages in 2010 – even if they are legal in the citizens’ home state – because DOMA defines marriage as a union between opposite-sex individuals.

But Obama has apparently decided to throw the angry gay community another bone.

The Washington Post reports today:

The administration has directed the Census Bureau to determine changes needed in tabulation software to allow for same-sex marriage data to be released early in 2011 with other detailed demographic information from the decennial count. The bureau historically hasn’t released same-sex marriage data.

The article further notes that the Census has “long” collected data on same-sex unions but simply refused to publish it, again citing complying with DOMA as the deciding factor.

I’m not sure how that can be true since the little understanding I have of it is simply that gay couples would be registered as “unmarried couples,” which does nothing to distinguish them from straight couples who chose not to marry.

It would be nice to have government produced numbers on gay couples since it would provide some good data on the number of people the government is discriminating against.

Needless to say, whatever numbers they do produce (if they produce them at all), are bound to be controversial.

Obama: What Promises?

May 28, 2009

lgbt obama protestObama just spent two days in California raising $4 million dollars for the Democratic National Committee.

Outside the Beverly Hills location of last night’s event, groups waving pride flags protested the California Supreme Court’s recent Prop. 8 decision (above). Obama apparently made eye contact with one of them as he entered the building, as he referenced them in his remarks:

“One of them said, ‘Obama keep your promise,’ ” the president said. “I thought that’s fair. I don’t know which promise he was talking about.”

Not funny, Obama. Not. Funny.


Sen. Schumer Flips To Support Full Marriage Equality

March 23, 2009

chuck-schumerSaid Schumer (D-NY):

It’s time. Equality is something that has always been a hallmark of America and no group should be deprived of it. New York, which has always been at the forefront on issues of equality, is appropriately poised to take a lead on this issue.

The Daily News reports that “with the ascent of Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Hillary Clinton’s vacant US Senate seat, Schumer was the last remaining statewide elected official who backed civil unions over full marriage equality.”

Really? The last statewide official?! Well, gee, let’s get our gay marriage on!

Schumer also said he supports the full repeal of DOMA.

Source: Schumer Comes Out For Gay Marriage (NY Daily News)