Marriage Law Doesn't Count at Census Bureau; Obama Administration Scofflaws Put Personal Agenda First

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Marriage Law Doesn't Count at Census Bureau; Obama Administration Scofflaws Put Personal Agenda First


Byline: Peter Sprigg , SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

I 'm gay, I'm in charge, and I don't care what the law is. That's not exactly what Census Bureau official Timothy P. Olson said on April 5 - but it might as well have been. Mr. Olson, assistant division chief for the Field Division of the Census Bureau, held a press conference in New York on Monday to introduce public-service announcements encouraging LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Americans to participate in the census.

That's not so controversial - the census is supposed to count everyone. More disturbing, though, is that the Census Bureau is actively encouraging same-sex couples to report on the census form that they are married.

That's not just controversial - it's against the law.

The law in question is the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This 1996 law was passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress (342-67 in the House; 85-14 in the Senate) and signed into law by President Clinton.

Here is exactly what DOMA says about the federal government's definition of marriage: In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, 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.

The Census Bureau is ignoring this law. In a publication in March, the bureau said, The 2010 Census will be the first to report counts of both same-sex partners and same-sex spouses. But there is no such thing as a same-sex spouse under federal law. The publication goes on to say, Same-sex couples who are married, or consider themselves to be spouses, can identify one other adult as a 'husband or wife.'" However, the Census Bureau is forbidden to refer to same-sex couples as married or to identify a same-sex partner as a husband or wife.

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