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White House Working On Including Gay Relationships In 2010 Census Count

In the second bone tossed to the gay community this week, the White House said yesterday it is looking into including same-sex marriages and partnerships data in the 2010 Census.
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. [snip] 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.
Two bones in one week, maybe all this pressure is working?

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