WASHINGTON, July 18, 2008, (LifeSiteNews.com) - The American Census Bureau has announced that the 2010 federal census will not recognize homosexual "marriages" in the nation’s 10-year count, despite the fact that Massachusetts and California currently permit same-sex ceremonies to take place.
The director of the Census Bureau, Steven Murdock, told the AP on Thursday that the agency cannot recognize such "marriages" because of the Defense of Marriage Act. The 1996 federal law, he said, "has that effect, in terms of being a federal agency. We are restricted by it."
The Defense of Marriage Act says that for agencies of the federal government, "the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word ’spouse’ refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife."
Hence, the 2010 Census will continue to list those same-sex couples who claim to be "married" as "unmarried, same-sex partners," as has been the case in previous censuses.
Same-sex couples without children will not be classified as families. Homosexual couples with children will only be designated as a family if the children are related to the head of the household.
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