George Takei who played Sulu in the original Star Trek series takes a stand with his husband, Brad Altman to be counted in the 2010 Census. For the first time, married couples or people who consider themselves married will be allowed to mark themselves as such in the census no matter if same sex couples or not.
This will bring a better picture of how many couples, inspite of sexual orientation, view themselves as married couples. Takei and Altman were married legally when California briefly allowed marriages between same sex couples. The current trends show that despite the heated debates and legal arguments the trend will be that more and more same sex couples will continue to push for legal marriage recognition under the law. The law seems to be leaning towards that direction as society moves that way too.
Some people have said that the US immigration office is going to trace census respondents, find out if they are in this country legally, then locate and deport them if they are not. It’s part of a crackdown on undocumented workers — SO wrong!
I did not know that, Annie….wow!
It’s is amazing how misinformed those people are.
I finished my census yesterday. There was *no* indication about legally immigrated or illegally immigrated status on the census. There were questions about names, ages, and race. That’s pretty much it for how we would “trace” people based on their answers.
I think some people are getting confused about how the census was used to track down and pull in Japanese and Japanese-descended persons into internment camps during WWII. If they aren’t getting confused, they are being alarmists and creating conspiracy theories where there is no reasonable evidence.
But then, maybe that was Annie’s point? To start readers thinking about how “some people” are saying these things, to scare others from completing the census? Or was she herself trying to scare people?
Here’s a link to the actual questions on the form:
Thanks for your always illuminating and well researched comments, Robert. I always appreciate hearing from you.
Hey! The time-stamp on my comment is wrong! Wassup with that? I commented after tasithoughts, at ~ 6:53 AM on 3/25/10….
Is it a conspiracy? 😛
LOL. I am not sure about the time stamp thing. I am calling Mulder and Sully…..