When it comes to the Federal Government, they do not exist.
Good news, homophobes: The 2010 Census is going to make homosexuals disappear. Well, OK, they will still exist, just not officially. That’s because the census will neither ask about sexual orientation nor recognize gay marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships. Married same-sex partners with a child won’t even be considered “families.” The U.S. Census Bureau simply isn’t interested in a person”s “lifestyle,” explains spokesperson Cynthia Endo, “This is all about the numbers” — and gay people just don’t count.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut and Massachusetts — and some 18,000 unions in California stand, at least for now, despite the passage of Proposition 8 — but the federal Defense of Marriage Act prevents gay couples from being federally recognized. So, the Press-Telegram reports, “if two people of the same sex identify as husband and husband or wife and wife, the census will retain that answer, but when results are released those people will be counted as unmarried partners.” A same-sex couple with kids will be listed as single parents — even if they’re living under the same roof, with a white picket fence, minivan and all other symbols of the dream American family.
By hiding behind the derogatory term “lifestyle choice,” the government essentially is saying they don’t exist and don’t need help. The census helps the government determine which groups need federal funding, but if you’re not a group in the eyes of the Federal Government then you won’t be getting any help.
Like atheists, you can’t just pretend that a certain group of people doesn’t exist in the hopes that they will go away and stop bothering the hegemony.