Thursday, July 17, 2008

US Census Bureau tells off gay couples

The US Census Bureau confirmed today that it will not allow Americans to say if they are in a gay or lesbian marriage -- in fact, it doesn't even recognize opposite sex common law partnerships at the federal level (downgrading a common law husband or wife to a "domestic partner"), although a dozen or so states do.

Canada does both, federally and in all provinces and territories. Whether one agrees with the practices or not, they're part of our society and most of us accept it as such; and I think it's something to celebrate. Families come in all shapes and sizes and in differing forms and policy makers, as well as the rest of us, have the right to know how many of each kind of family are out there.

Not to mention the entitlement benefits that come with living with someone, be they of the same or opposite sex.

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