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Same-sex couples in 2010 census


The U.S. Commerce department announced that census-takers will count same-sex marriages in next year’s census. Interesting demographic to add to its list of identity markers, like “Travel time to work”, “% Below poverty”, “% Civilian veterans”, and, of course, the requisite race, age, and education factors.

This one stumps me. It seems like a good thing to be inclusive of different demographics. However, there’s a long history of using race check boxes on the census for divisive purposes in addition to positive purposes. Why count same-sex couples? For statistical information? Who uses this information, and how?

Maybe it would be better if the U.S. government chose to offer equality benefits to same-sex couples before trying to come up with an accurate count.


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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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