Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gay Marriage - #3289 - Pentagon Will Now Allow Military Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex Unions - The Blaze (2) Census Bureau Admits It 'Artifically Inflated the number of same-sex couples - CNS News

The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation. The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon’s personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. According to CNN, a memo that was released on Friday reads: “A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided that the ceremony is not prohibited by applicable state and local law. Further a chaplain is not required to participate in or officiate a private ceremony if doing so would be in variance with the tenets of his or her religion.”  Read more.......

Census Bureau Admits It 'Artificially Inflated the Number of Same-Sex Couples - CNS News -The Census Bureau admitted Tuesday that it had “artificially inflated the number of same-sex couples” in the United States, initially reporting a number that was about 40 percent higher than what it now believes is accurate.  The original data published by the 2010 Census set the number of same-sex households in the U.S. in 2010 at 901,997, including 349,377 same-sex married couple households and 552,620 same-sex unmarried partner households. But the Census Bureau said in a Tuesday conference call with reporters that it has revised these numbers downward “because Census Bureau staff discovered an inconsistency in the responses in the 2010 Census summary file statistics that artificially inflated the number of same-sex couples.  The Census Bureau now says the 2010 Census found that there were 131,729 same-sex married couple households and 514,735 same-sex unmarried partner households in the United States--for a total of 646,464 same-sex-couple households.  Read more.......

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