Tuesday, June 23, 2009

2010 Census: Change You Can Believe Will Happen

Obama White House Seeks Inclusion of Same-Sex Unions in Census

by Kathleen Gilbert,

The Obama administration has directed the Census Bureau to find a way to include homosexual "marriages," partnerships, and unions in the 2010 census, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

"The administration continues to make progress on the president's longstanding commitment to promoting equality for [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] Americans," said White House spokesman Ben LaBolt.

While the census has in the past collected volunteered data on same-sex "marriages," White House officials said that the Obama administration intends to abandon the previous interpretation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as prohibiting the release of such data.


This is the second move by the Obama administration this week to express solidarity with the homosexual lobby. On Wednesday, the President signed a memorandum granting restricted benefits to the homosexual partners of federal employees.

Activists were dissatisfied that the directive did not extend to health or retirement benefits. Obama has assured critics questioning his commitment to the homosexual lobby that he intends to repeal DOMA through the legislative process.

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