Monday, September 14, 2009

Interpret this: Need for Census data on gay couples needs defending

http://www.metroweekly.com/gauge/last_word/2009/09/interpret-this-need-for-census.html

''When we say we'd like to talk about inclusive services that include LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) people, they ask how many are there. We really don't yet have a way to provide that the way we can with, say, Hispanics or women.''

Karen Taylor of Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders. This post article also quotes right-wing social conservatives, like FRC's Peter Sprigg, who plan to use the first U.S. Census data being collected about same-sex couples to draw pre-set conclusions that gays don't want to get married, so they shouldn't be given the opportunity.

Census Count of Same-Sex Couples to Stir Policy Fights

When the U.S. Census Bureau counts same-sex married couples next year, demographers expect hundreds of thousands to report they are spouses -- even though legal same-sex weddings in the United States number in the tens of thousands.

Gay advocates say they plan to use "A Census that Reflects America's Population," as the Census Bureau calls its plan to report same-sex marriage statistics, to push for legislative and policy initiatives, while groups opposed to same-sex marriage weigh a counteroffensive.

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