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  •  Discrimination is unacceptable anywhere in the (0+ / 0-)

    U.S., and I'm with you when it comes to getting same-sex marriages legally recognized at every level of government.

    Nonetheless, and correct me if I'm wrong, don't children of single parents get more federal benefits than children whose parents are married to each other and living in the same household?

    It's a wrongheaded policy and I'm hopeful that with more progressives elected to federal offices in D.C. these things can be turned around, but at this point I'm not sure how much substantial damage the census rules are causing to families of same-sex couples.

    "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'I need to quit drinking!'" - Greasy Grant

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 01:09:09 PM PDT

    •  Actually, it has more to do with research... (2+ / 0-)

      and the fact that it basically devalues their family. From the Washington Post article where I first heard about this:

      Critics of the policy -- and the law -- say it ignores the changing legal and political landscape in states that contain about 14 percent of the U.S. population. And it ensures that the census results will be factually incorrect, they say.

      "Unfortunately the stupidity and unfairness of that law gives [the census] something of a colorable argument," said Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). "It was aimed very specifically at this. It's all the more reason to repeal it. . . . What is it accomplishing by not having an accurate count? It's not even good demographic policy."

      The lack of data about same-sex married couples will inhibit researchers who want to better understand a variety of issues, such as wage differences for gay married couples and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, said Gary Gates, a demographer at the UCLA School of Law.

      "It limits our ability to get quality information," said Gates, author of the Gay and Lesbian Atlas. "In 2000, the census could very legitimately make the argument that with a same-sex couple, someone couldn't [legally] be a husband or wife. And so they were making an inaccurate response accurate by changing them to an 'unmarried partner.' The situation now is different. You are changing potentially accurate responses to inaccurate responses."

      Outrage is futile unless it leads to action:

      by NeverStopTheProgress on Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 01:14:54 PM PDT

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