Just when I Thought I Figured Out the Government They Start to Count Same Sex Couples in the Census

by Evan

This is not a Personal Finance or Estate Planning post, but rather is part of “Are you Freaking Serious Fridays” where I take the last day of the week just simply to bitch and complain about whatever topic I feel is necessary to complain about.

Let me make this abundantly clear, I am for gay marriage; I am against most government interference in private lives.  But the Census Bureau is doing something I just don’t get; as highlighted by the Washington Post,

When the U.S. Census Bureau counts same-sex married couples next year, demographers expect hundreds of thousands to report they are spouses — even though legal same-sex weddings in the United States number in the tens of thousands.

I know it isn’t the first time that a gay couple is going to get some representation in the census, but I just don’t get it.  If

  • The federal government doesn’t recognize same sex marriage; and
  • Most states don’t

What the hell are you counting for?  The results are going to be obvious – more people consider themselves to be a gay married couple then are legally allowed to be. Whoo-hoo, what did you prove? But, you have no idea if the couple would actually take advantage (or disadvantage depending on who you are asking) of getting married.

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5 comments

Roger September 21, 2009 - 6:32 pm

It’s an interesting conundrum, to be sure; I presume there’s some reason (although I don’t know what that reason could be).

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My Journey September 25, 2009 - 11:13 am

The reason is so someone can use the data in a future argument, but its so flawed.

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FinancialBondage May 3, 2010 - 8:26 pm

Census is a joke. Im not filling it out. ever. the feds want to know too much that is none of their business imho.

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Evan May 3, 2010 - 11:32 pm

Take a look:

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/50362

They only are allowed to ask you certain questions

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FinancialBondage May 4, 2010 - 3:22 pm

good link. I am with you. the feds just want too much info.

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