USA, Utah: New Poll Says 57% Oppose Marriage Equality

Written by scott on January 19th, 2014

titleA new poll contradicts a poll last week that showed support and opposition to marriage equality in Utah split at 48-48%.

Deseret News reports:

The poll found 57 percent of residents oppose same-sex marriage, while 36 percent support it and 6 percent are undecided, according to the survey conducted by longtime pollster Dan Jones & Associates/Cicero Group on Jan. 14-16. It has a plus or minus 3.6 percent margin of error. “I believe that they felt very strongly about their opinions on this issue,” Jones said of the 746 Utahns who were queried by telephone and cell phone and online. “Most issues that involve religion and religious ideology bring out the strong emotions in respondents.”

The article also points out that a majority now support civil unions, and are evenly split on recognizing the marriages of same sex couples performed in other states.

Meanwhile, down in Park City, it was a marriage equality day at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Wrap reports:

“Love is Strange” gave the issue a human face, while “The Case Against 8\0x2033 raised an emotional audience response. The political issue of marriage equality hovered over Sundance like a thundercloud that broke on Saturday, with a documentary about Prop 8 raising high emotions and the premiere of a touching drama about a gay couple that faces troubles after they marry. There were tears and strong emotions at the premiere of “The Case Against 8,” a documentary about the effort to overturn the California law banning gay marriage. The movie elicited a lengthy standing ovation, and the lawyers who fought the battle in attendance, Theodore Olson and David Boies, hung around to answer questions after the movie.

And Prop 8 lawyer Ted Olsen said he wants to see marriage equality in all 50 states within 5 years.

The Hollywood Reporter has the details:

“The goal is to have marriage equality in all 50 states in five years,” Olson said. If you look at the progress that has been made since June, I think you can see that we are well on our way.” Olson and Boies have joined a case that is pending in Virginia. “There will be a variety of processes,” Olson said of the legal strategy moving forward. “You will see it in some states by legislation. You will see it in some states by a state court. And you will see it in states where it doesn’t work in a federal court. We’ve seen it in a federal court here in Utah in the past couple of weeks.”

Now we wait for the 10th Circuit hearing on this and the Oklahoma case.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Utah.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Julian says:

    So heterosexuals don’t want you to marry? Doesn’t this prove that they are bigots and Christianity is wrong for gay people? Wake up! To be gay and a christian is like a black man wanting to be part of the KKK.

  2. Lucinda says:

    I wouldn’t give the The Deseret News much credence. It is loaded with prejudicial viewpoints. Just look at this: “Hollywood may be contributing to a change in national attitudes toward gays, lesbians and marriage. Yet according to other national legal experts not present here at Sundance, neither law nor democracy currently favor the same-sex marriage cause.

    ‘States have always had the primary role on families and on matters concerning husbands and wives,’said Ed Meese, the Attorney General under Ronald Reagan, in a telephone interview. ‘In no way do I think Proposition 8 violates the Constitution.’

    Currently, 17 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. The other 33 states support a definition of marriage as between a man and woman. Each of those 33 states, including Utah, made those decisions through a democratic process of law or a constitutional amendment.”


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