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Just when I Thought I Figured Out the Government They Start to Count Same Sex Couples in the Census

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.



  1. It’s an interesting conundrum, to be sure; I presume there’s some reason (although I don’t know what that reason could be).

  2. Census is a joke. Im not filling it out. ever. the feds want to know too much that is none of their business imho.


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