Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Don't need a Marriage Amendment...

When my friend, Eric, re-posted this on his Face Book page, I loved it. I messaged Jackie and asked her if I could use it in my blog. She graciously granted me permission and thanked me for enlightening her on the injustice being done to gay bi-national couples. The State of Indiana wants to put it in their Constitution that homosexual marriage is forbidden. Whereas it is already not legal, they want to put another nail in the coffin. Thank you Jackie for your words and your actions.

by Jackie Nytes on Monday, February 7, 2011 at 9:45pm

Now I am frustrated that I could not be at the Statehouse today to speak against efforts to pass a marriage amendment. I think that there should be a corresponding effort to outlaw divorce if they are so determined to protect marriage! Get real state legislature, you are looking pretty old school on this one. Younger folks get it and they will be voting for a long time, my mother gets it and she is 86 years old, business gets it--they made that clear in many hearings over the last few years, have you been under a rock or what? We need you to be working on our economy and our educational achievement, not this! Stop being so scared of a few fear mongering lobbyists who threaten your electability if you try to be really honest about this. I know maybe it is hard for you to talk about it if you have not had a chance to up to now, but really, anyone willing to commit to marriage deserves to have that chance...and its the 21st century in a country that talks about equal opportunity...


The Daily Kos: State of the Nation
reported the following poll.

Poll: 65% favor at least civil unions for same sex couples

by Jed Lewison
Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 11:28:04 AM PST

Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 2/3-6. Registered voters. MoE 3.1% (1/16 results)
Which of the following best describes your opinion on gay marriage: gay couples should be allowed to legally marry, or gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry, or there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple's relationship.

Marry Civil unions Neither
All 31 (34) 34 (31) 34 (33)

Dem 46 (53) 30 (24) 21 (20)
Rep 10 (11) 34 (35) 55 (52)
Ind 36 (37) 38 (34) 25 (27)

Lib 67 (78) 20 (10) 11 (12)
Mod 37 (40) 39 (38) 22 (20)
Con 9 (8) 32 (32) 56 (57)

Tea Party 13 (17) 36 (30) 50 (52)
Non-TP 38 (42) 33 (30) 27 (27)

18-29 41 (52) 26 (13) 32 (33)
30-45 35 (37) 29 (31) 34 (29)
46-65 27 (31) 34 (36) 33 (31)
65+ 22 (23) 41 (34) 34 (42)

Not much has changed since kos wrote about our initial results on marriage equality last month:

We're going to be asking this question every four weeks, so over the next several years, we should have some fascinating trend-lines to look at. For now, this is our own baseline, and not surprisingly, it is conservatives/Republicans/Teabaggers who hate the notion of marriage equality. Also unsurprising -- opposition to equality is directly correlated with age, and as that older generation dies off, it is replaced with the infinitely more tolerant millenials. That's why the rightwing is desperately trying to codify their hate into law and state constitutions -- because they know the march of progress and the changing culture is headed toward a more tolerant future, not less.

One thing to note is that while the top lines haven't changed much, the numbers within groups have changed. That's largely because with sub samples, the margin of error is a bit higher. Fundamentally, not much has changed: an overwhelming majority of Americans support at least civil unions for same sex couples.

Another thing that is fairly interesting is that in all the age cohorts, one-third are opposed to any legal recognition, but younger people are more likely to support full equality than older folks. So it seems that those who are most committed to bigotry might be set in their ways, but within the two-thirds of the country that is more tolerant, there's some flexibility.


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