Same-sex couples to be counted in 2010 Census?

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2010 CensusIn what is perhaps further efforts to placate the LGBT community over the recent DOMA brief controversy, the White House announced it is now considering adding same-sex marriages, unions and partnerships to the the 2010 Census data. From the Wall Street Journal:

The administration has directed the Census Bureau to determine changes needed in tabulation software to allow for same-sex marriage data to be released early in 2011 with other detailed demographic information from the decennial count. The bureau historically hasn’t released same-sex marriage data.

The Census Bureau has long collected data on same-sex marriages when people chose to report it. White House officials said the previous administration interpreted the federal Defense of Marriage Act as prohibiting the release of the data. The Obama administration has abandoned that interpretation.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs addressed the WSJ report at the White House press briefing today and went on to answer a question on DADT.

Is it me is or is there a subtle shift in tone (towards the positive) on how Gibbs handles questions related to LGBT issues?

Post by ILO on 06/19/09 at 2:26 pm