Supporting Inclusion of Sexual Orientation and LGBT Couples in the Federal Census

Supporting Inclusion of Sexual Orientation and LGBT Couples in the Federal Census

WHEREAS, the 2010 United States Census will not ask respondents about their sexual orientation or count same-sex marriages, but rather will ask all same-sex couples to list their status as “unmarried partners,” and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Census serves as a record of our American population in all its permutations, provides visibility for underrepresented minority groups, and has profound policy implications in areas including healthcare and federal funding decisions, and

WHEREAS. the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community represents an important segment of American society, with a unique set of political needs, and thus should not be relegated to invisible status in the most comprehensive accounting of the American public,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party calls on the Congress to pass, and the President to sign, an act adding a question to the U.S. Census form identifying “Sexual orientation,” and allowing committed LGBT couples to categorize their relationship as marriage or life partnerships for the 2010 census and for every census thereafter, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution shall be relayed to the California Congressional Delegation, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, House Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and the California Democratic Party.

Submitted by: Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley

Passed by LACDP Resolutions Comm 5/5/09

Passed by LACDP 5/12/09

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