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Friday, June 19, 2009

Bureaucratic Sex Changes

The Wall Street Journal reports that the marital status of same-sex couples might be accurately counted in the 2010 census after all. Better than being divorced by the Census Bureau or forced to undergo gender reassignment.

The original plan for handling these marriages in the 2010 Census was controversial among some statisticians and gay activists. Following procedures employed in 2000, the bureau had planned to use a computer program that recategorized spouses in same-sex marriages as unmarried partners. For the 1990 count, the bureau simply altered the gender designation of one partner. [Link]

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