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Today, the Supreme Court issued a decision that allows the Trump administration to halt census counting early, reversing a lower court order that mandated extended counting. The Trump administration had previously halted the process of adding census questions about sexual orientation. Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:
"Today's Supreme Court decision has far-reaching implications, and once again allows the Trump administration to ignore the realities of the changing America we live in today. Censuses are not just about record-keeping, they impact elected representation and help us understand the diverse challenges of our own country. This administration has already tried to limit representation of marginalized communities and today's decision will mean an even less accurate representation in the final census result.
“This decision also serves as an important reminder of what's at stake by confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, a nominee who will likely side with the conservative majority that made today's backwards decision and threatens to halt progress on LGBTQ equality. With so much at stake, Americans should understand how urgent their vote in this election is as the last remaining tool we have to stop the Trump administration from running roughshod over LGBTQ people, women, BIPOC -- all marginalized communities -- and our shared values."
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