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.