Census Bureau to Married Gay and Lesbian Couples: You Don’t Count

Firedoglake
July 13, 2008
Blogger Teddy Partridge discusses the U.S. Census Bureau's decision to leave out families of gay and lesbian couples in the census and what the experts are saying about this decision. (Link)

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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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The Case for a Right of Marriage Recognition: Why Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Should Protect Sa

Findlaw
July 9, 2008
Steve Sanders writes, "I believe scholars, legislators, and judges accept the status quo for same-sex marriages because of a lingering, perhaps subconscious, belief that they are not quite 'real' marriages. From such a belief, another belief follows: that the people who enter into such marriages have no legitimate expectation they will be treated with the deference the law accords to virtually all other marriages. But our law should not tolerate different classes of marriages, some more favored than others." [Link]

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The Supreme Court and the future of marriage

MSNBC.com
July 7, 2008
The next president is likely to have the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice who could affect the future of the freedom to marry in America. (Link)

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Marriages of gay and lesbian couples still unequal in the eyes of federal government

Mercury News
July 8, 2008
Elizabeth Howton discusses the excitement around marriage equality in California, but points out the need for the federal government to uphold the freedom to marry: "Without nationwide recognition, we will remain in a separate and unequal limbo in several key areas" such as parental rights, immigration, and taxes. (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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Musgrave Renews Call For Federal Anti-Gay Amendment

365Gay.com
July 2, 2008
The architect of two failed attempts to amend the US Constitution to include marriage discrimination is throwing her support behind a new bid to advance exclusion. (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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