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 DP/SFV calls on 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 themselves as "married," preferably for the 2010 census, and certainly for every census thereafter, and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall be relayed to our San Fernando Valley Congressional Delegation, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, Speaker Pelosi, Senate President Harry Reid, and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.