Cooking the Family Numbers in the 2010 US Census

Leonard Link
July 13, 2008
The blog discusses the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to not count marriages of same-sex couples, the problems this will cause, and the simple argument that, "a marriage is a marriage, and should be counted as such." (Link)

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U.S. Census Bureau won’t count marriages by gay and lesbian couples

Mercury News
July 12, 2008
The U.S. Census Bureau, reacting to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other mandates, plans to edit the 2010 census responses of same-sex couples who marry legally in California, Massachusetts or any other state. They will be reported as "unmarried partners," rather than married spouses, in census tabulations. (Link)

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Justice for Gays

Washington Post
July 5, 2008
The editorial staff praises the Bush administration's recent ruling that children of gay and lesbian couples can receive their Social Security benefits. (Link)

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What if they take it all away?

California Ripple Effect
July 2, 2008
A blogger for the CA Ripple Effect discusses the importance of people witnessing gay and lesbian couples marrying in California, noting that people become more accepting of equality when given examples that marriage equality helps families and hurts no one. (Link)

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Ark. anti-gay ballot measure backers to submit signatures

Associated Press
July 2, 2008
Supporters of a ballot measure aimed at banning gays and lesbians from adopting or fostering children said Wednesday they're ready to submit petitions to place their measure on the November ballot. (Link)

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Completing Their Family

Gay City News
June 26, 2008
A life threatening heart attack reminded one family about why marriage equality is an issue of simple justice for real people. (Link)

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Snapshots show California embraces marriage equality

The Detroit News
June 23, 2008
Deb Price discusses the reaction to marriages in California: "Oddly, the most exciting thing about the delightful first wave of gay weddings across California was how much the nation took it in stride." (Link)

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OP-ED: Facts Show That Same-Sex Couples Are Fine Parents

Sacramento Bee
June 19, 2008
Stanford sociology professor Michael J. Rosenfeld says Census data shows "children raised by same-sex couples are just as likely...to make normal progress through elementary school, given the same levels of parental education and income." [Link]

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DOJ OKs Benefits For Kids Of Same-Sex Couples

365Gay.com
June 18, 2008
Even though the federal Defense of Marriage Act bars Washington from recognizing or providing benefits to same-sex couples their children must be recognized by the Social Security Administration, the Department of Justice has determined. (Link)

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Stance on Marriage Brings Surprises for Paterson

New York Times
June 16, 2008
Gov. David A. Paterson has unexpectedly discovered that some of the people who are most grateful to him for issuing the order to state agencies to honor marriages of same-sex couple sare, in fact, parents with a gay son or a lesbian daughter. [Link]

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