Gay Issues

Census Bureau Encourages Gays to Lie About "Marriage"

| by FRC

In this year's census, the law should count for something. But unfortunately, a very troubling pattern has emerged here in Washington--a complete disregard for the national definition of marriage. First, Congress refused to exercise its constitutional authority when the District of Columbia imposed same-sex "marriage" on the city, deliberately violating the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Soon after, John Berry, head of the Office of Personnel Management, decided to use federal dollars to pay for same-sex couples to enjoy the same benefits as married spouses.

The latest disregard for DOMA comes from the Commerce Department, which is actively encouraging people to ignore U.S. marriage law and invent new definitions for their relationships. In an ad (paid for by your hard-earned tax dollars), Census officials urge gay couples not to let a little thing like the truth get in the way of a favorable gay "marriage" count. While these unions only exist in D.C. and five U.S. states, the Bureau insists, "Same-sex couples who are married or consider themselves to be spouses [in any state], can identify one person to be a husband or wife."

Consider themselves to be spouses? What kind of government actively lobbies citizens to lie on their forms? Under this administration, America's legal realities may as well be minor hiccups on the road to a complete abolition of marriage and family. When it comes to advancing the extreme homosexual agenda of this White House, nothing matters. Not even the facts. If this video were honest, it would say, "Under the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government does not recognize same-sex relationships as 'marriages.' If you are a same-sex couple, you should mark the box that says 'unmarried partner,' even if you are legally married in the state in which you reside."

For a group desperate to redefine marriage, skewing the data will help homosexuals amass even more Capitol clout. A spokeswoman for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force could barely contain her excitement. "It's humongous," she said. "Our opponents are rightfully concerned, because it does lend an air of legitimacy to our marriages. It's another way of weaving us into the fabric instead of continuing to see us as outsiders." Not surprisingly, gay and lesbian activists are pumping thousands of dollars into the campaign to bypass the law. Part of that effort includes television commercials with Star Trek actor George Takei. Wearing his old Starfleet uniform, he and his space alien "husband" try to push Americans into the final frontier of same-sex "marriage." "It doesn't matter whether you have a legal marriage license or not," Takei coaches viewers. "It only matters if you consider yourself married." As CNS News reported, this propaganda was even posted on the Census Bureau website, hinting at just how complicit the Obama government has been in sabotaging the DOMA. According to the Miami Herald, the government has become a major sponsor of the "queering the census" campaign.

In the end, the only thing this charade accomplishes is invalidating the entire process. What good are these numbers if the Bureau persuades people to fabricate them? Timothy Olson, the assistant division chief for the Census's field division, couldn't be more transparent about Washington's agenda. "We've been very public about our interaction with the gay community. I'm a gay man, and I head up the overall program..." The concern over the census goes beyond the use of fuzzy math to the use of fuzzy facts.