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2 years ago  ::  May 23, 2012 - 3:16PM #1
Do_unto_others
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Strong Support for Gay Marriage Now Exceeds Strong Opposition

"Overall, 53 percent of Americans say gay marriage should be legal, steady the past year but up from 36 percent in just 2006. Thirty-nine percent "strongly" support it, while 32 percent are strongly opposed – the first time strong sentiment has tilted positive. Six years ago, by contrast, strong views on the issue were negative by a broad 27-point margin.

Further, this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that support for gay marriage has reached a new high among African-Americans in ABC/Post polls, up from four in 10 in recent surveys to 59 percent now.

Another result shows increasing exposure: Seventy-one percent of Americans now say they have a friend, family member or acquaintance who’s gay, up from 59 percent in 1998. People who know someone who’s gay are 20 points more likely than others to support gay marriage.

Sharp differences among groups persist. Republicans and conservatives oppose gay marriage by more than 2-1, evangelical white Protestants by more than 3-1. While Democrats support it by more than 2-1, the balance is tipped, as is often the case, by independents: Fifty-eight percent support legalizing gay marriage; 43 percent do so strongly.

Among other groups, support for gay marriage reaches 69 percent among adults under age 30 (with 51 percent "strong" support), compared with just 38 percent of seniors. (Half of seniors are strongly opposed). Support is also 14 points higher among college graduates than among non-graduates, 63 to 49 percent. But it’s the same, 53 percent, among men and women alike. "


More at link: www.langerresearch.com/uploads/1137a2Gay...



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2 years ago  ::  May 23, 2012 - 3:20PM #2
teilhard
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Now I suppose The Right-Wing-Nut HomoPhobes will claim, "See ... ???  We were RIGHT all along -- they're 'recruiting' ... !!!"

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2 years ago  ::  May 23, 2012 - 3:32PM #3
mytmouse57
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No surpises here.


I expect support for gay marriage to keep growing. 

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2 years ago  ::  May 23, 2012 - 4:16PM #4
Do_unto_others
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Despite your adamant opposition, mouse?

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2 years ago  ::  May 23, 2012 - 4:24PM #5
mytmouse57
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May 23, 2012 -- 4:16PM, Do_unto_others wrote:


Despite your adamant opposition, mouse?




I neither support nor oppose gay marriage. 


Nor do I particulary care what anybody else thinks about it. 

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2 years ago  ::  May 23, 2012 - 5:11PM #6
mytmouse57
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Philosophically/morally I oppose gay marriage -- or at least in good consience, can't support or endorse it. 


But as a matter of civil law, I neither support or oppose it. I won't take any action on the matter either way.


And, again, I don't much care what other people think about it... either "for" or "against."

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2 years ago  ::  May 23, 2012 - 9:12PM #7
Do_unto_others
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May 23, 2012 -- 5:11PM, mytmouse57 wrote:


Philosophically/morally I oppose gay marriage




Hmmm ...


First you say, "I neither support nor oppose gay marriage."


Then you say, "Philosophically/morally I oppose gay marriage"


And you wonder why you are not believed.

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2 years ago  ::  May 24, 2012 - 3:13AM #8
Ebon
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Nice to see support moving in the correct direction. Now it just remains for that support to reach Congress (which tends to be more conservative than the rest of the country).

He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. ~ Proverbs 14:31

Fiat justitia, ruat caelum

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2 years ago  ::  May 24, 2012 - 11:24AM #9
TemplarS
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I think it is still a complicated legislative path forward.  As I understand it, state laws still regulate marriage, all the feds can do is repeal DOMA, and perhaps more strictly enforce interstate recognition of same-sex marriage.


Unless the Supreme Court weighs in strongly on constitutional issues in the Prop 8 reviews.

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2 years ago  ::  May 24, 2012 - 11:30AM #10
mytmouse57
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May 23, 2012 -- 9:12PM, Do_unto_others wrote:


Hmmm ...


First you say, "I neither support nor oppose gay marriage."


Then you say, "Philosophically/morally I oppose gay marriage"


And you wonder why you are not believed.




No, you don't believe me. 


Which does not matter to me. 


I know what I think. If you don't, or refuse to, understand, that's irrelevant.

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