- 2010 United States Census
The twenty-third United States Census will be the next national census in the
United States. The census has been conducted every 10 years, as required by the United States Constitution, with the previous one completed in 2000.
Government Accountability Officeestimated in 2004that the cost of the census could climb to over $11 billion. In a detailed report to Congress, it called on the Census Bureau to address cost and design issues. [http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-04-37] Lockheed Martinwon a six-year, $500 million contract to capture and standardize data for the census. The contract includes systems, facilities, and staffing for about a quarter of the projected $11.3 billion cost of the decennial census. [ [http://www.fcw.com/article89148-06-13-05-Print Preparing for a decennial task ] ] This will be the first census to use hand-held computing devices with GPS capability. [ [http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2006/commerce.html Budget of the United States Government, FY 2006 ] ] Unlike the 2000 census, an Internet response option will not be offered. [cite web | url=http://www.itif.org/files/eCensusUnplugged.pdf | title=e-Census Unplugged: Why Americans Should Be Able to Complete the Census Online]
As of|2008|10, three states (
Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut) allow marriages between partners of any gender combination to be performed by the state. In addition, New Yorkrecognizes marriages between partners of the same gender performed in other states as legal. Despite this, the 2010 U.S. Census will not count such marriages as marriages. [Cite web| url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/16/AR2008071602566.html| title=2010 "Census Won't Count Gay Marriages"| publisher=" Washington Post"] The legal basis for this is the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing marriages between two persons of the same gender.
*Cite web| url=http://www.census.gov/2010census/| title=2010 Census| publisher=U.S. Census Bureau
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