The GLAAD Daily: Census Data About Gay and Lesbian Households, an Interview with Sen. Franken, and Marriage in New York

Data from the 2010 U.S. Census reveals a growing number of households being led by gay and lesbian couples.  Increases over the past 10 years since the last Census in 2000 in Vermont, New York, and Oklahoma were widely reported on today. The Census reports that Vermont’s gay and lesbian households comprise about 1.1 percent of Vermont’s total households, one of the highest percentages in the country. The Advocate interviewed Senator Al Franken (D-MN), and he spoke about his views on marriage equality, the Student Nondiscrimination Act, of which he is lead sponsor, and his fellow Minnesotan Rep. Michele Bachmann. New York is eagerly awaiting and preparing for July 24, the day when the law allowing for marriages for loving and committed same-sex couples will take effect.  The Associated Press reported on post-midnight weddings that couples have planned for that day. Binational married couples are still dealing with deportation proceedings. David Gonzalez, a Costa Rican immigrant, married his husband Mario Ramirez, a U.S. citizen, in October 2008, and the Houston Chronicle reported on their case today.  An attorney for Gonzalez plans to ask a Houston judge to halt his deportation proceedings due to recent decisions made by the Department of Justice about the constitutionality of a section of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act." The San Francisco Examiner reported on a federal immigration judge’s ruling that Alex Benshimol, a Venezuelan immigrant, could have 2 more years to build a case to prove that he should be allowed to remain in the U.S. with his husband, Doug Gentry. The couple married in Connecticut in 2005.