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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Hopes to Repeal Old Law

The Boston Globe
July 10, 2008
Mass. lawmakers will vote on legislation that would repeal a 1913 law that bars non-resident gay couples from marrying in the state. The repeal requires a simple majority to pass. [Link]

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Governor’s Acceptance of Gay Daughter Sends Message of Tolerance

June 16, 2008
It is important that other prominent African-American politicians follow Governor Deval Patrick's lead and vocally support gay rights. [Link]

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With love and pride, Governor Deval Patrick’s daughter comes out publicly

Bay Windows
June 12, 2008
"Because, of course, he didn’t know that I was gay then," the 18-year-old recalls. "So, for someone so publicly to fight for something that doesn’t even affect him was just like, ’That’s my dad,’ you know?" she says with a laugh. "That’s all I could think. I was very, very proud to be part of this family, and this state in general." [Link]

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In Massachusetts, a ‘long journey’ changes judgment on marriage

The Mercury News
June 8, 2008
Mass. residents who once opposed marriage for gay couples explain their change of heart: "You go into the homes of gay couples and you feel the happiness...It was kind of incredible." [Link]

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In Massachusetts, a test run for marriage equality

Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2008

As California becomes the second state to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, Massachusetts residents and lawmakers talk about the benefits of living in a state which upholds the freedom to marry, “a positive case study” for California. (Link)

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Same-sex divorce case takes a new turn

Providence Journal
May 1, 2008

Following a state Supreme Court ruling which said a Rhode Island same-sex couple who got married in Massachusetts couldn’t get divorced in Family Court, one of the women is asking if she can get divorced in another state court — Superior Court. (Link)

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Young Gay Rites

New York Times Magazine
April 27, 2008

A look at young gay men who marry in Massachusetts, the only state in which committed gay and lesbian couples can marry. (Link)

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MA Man Can’t Get Passport Under Married Name

The Sun Chronicle
March 21, 2008
The U.S. State Department denied a passport to an international AIDS counselor using his new married name because the department refuses to recognize his marriage to a man in Massachusetts. [Link]

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