Databases and Gay Marriage

Technology, Politics, Silly by Adam on 2009-04-01 08:24

Cultural norms inform schema design - or is it the other way around? For example, on the subject of gay marriage:

“To be blunt, the systems aren’t set up to handle it. The paper forms have a space for the husband’s name and a space for the wife’s name. Married people carefully enter their details in block capitals and post the forms off to depressed paper-pushers who then type that information into software front-ends whose forms are laid out and named in precisely the same fashion. And then they hit “submit” and the information is filed away electronically in databases which simply keel over or belch integrity errors when presented with something so profound as a man and another man who love each other enough to want to file joint tax returns.”

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