Friday, July 18, 2008

Census Says Your Marriage Doesn't Count

Here's one more reason the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) needs to go. The New York Times reports that the U.S. Census, which will take place in 2010, will not record same-sex married couples.

The rationale? Even though you might be legally married and recognized in the state of Massachusetts or California, the federal government will not. DOMA ties the hands of Federal agencies from recognizing same-sex unions in any way.

So, like legally married gay and lesbian couples are forced to do now when filing federal income taxes, they will been seen as "unmarried partners." This does such a great disservice to so many married or unioned GLBT couples, many of whom have children. Every tax-paying law-abiding citizen in the U.S. deserves to be treated equally by their local, state and federal government. It's time to do away with DOMA and let our GLBT couples have access to the same benefits and responsibilities as straight couples.

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