I just got this press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the only out lesbian in Congress:
Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Steven Israel (D-NY), Barney Frank (D-MA) and Jared Polis (D-CO), today applauded Thursdayâ€™s announcement that the Obama Administration is seeking ways to include same-sex marriages, unions, and partnerships in 2010 Census data.
The administration is also seeking ways to update software so that same-sex marriage data can be released early in 2011 along with other census data.
This marks a signal change in policy and recognition of same-sex couples.
Last summer, citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Bush Administration announced that lawfully married same-sex couples that truthfully mark â€œmarriedâ€ on their census forms would have their answers switched to â€œunmarried partners.â€
In May of this year, Reps. Baldwin, Israel, Frank and Polis, joined by 47 colleagues, sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Peter Orszag asking that the 2010 Census fairly count same-sex married couples.
In a joint statement today, Reps. Baldwin, Israel, Frank and Polis said, â€œWe applaud President Obama for taking this action, further demonstrating his commitment to LGBT equality. This decision strengthens the integrity of the national census, a vital tool of our democracy.Â It is welcome recognition that same-sex legally married couples and all LGBT couples and their families are integral to the American fabric.â€
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