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New Poll Says Only 28% Worldwide Think Their Country Is Gay Friendly

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

titleA new Gallup Poll found that the vast majority of people in the world think their country is not gay friendly.

Gay Star News reports:

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians. Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians. People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was ‘a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement. Iceland was the next most gay friendly country, followed by Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The lowest scores? Only one percent of respondents in Senegal and Pakistan viewed their country as being gay friendly. I know which countries cross off my travel list for the year.

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Ireland Marriage Equality Poll: 86% Support Same Sex Relationships

Monday, August 18th, 2014

titleA new poll out of Ireland shows some of the strongest support for same sex couples that we’ve ever seen.

Pink News reports:

A poll in Ireland has found that 86% of people approve of same-sex relationships. The poll – conducted by the Sunday Times – surveyed 954 people, and found overwhelming support for same-sex couples… Kieran Rose, of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network said: “This is another welcome demonstration of the transformation in attitudes to lesbian and gay people and of the generosity of Irish voters in their willingness to extend equal status and dignity to lesbian and gay people and lesbian and gay headed families.

The new poll bodes well for the planned 2015 referendum on marriage equality in the country.

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Utah Marriage Equality Poll: 61% Opposed

Monday, August 18th, 2014

titleA new Utah marriage equality poll shows pretty much what you’d expect – almost two-thirds are opposed to it.

UtahPolicy.com reports:

A new Zions Bank/UtahPolicy.com poll, conducted by Dan Jones and Cicero Group, shows that 61 percent of Utahns oppose same sex marriage; only 29 percent support it. And by far most “very active” Mormons oppose same sex marriage (88 percent), as their religion now teaches. At the same time, those who told Jones that they have no religion, 88 percent favor same sex marriage. A complete flip-flop connected to Mormons and the unreligious. Even though most Utahns – 61 percent – oppose same sex marriage, 58 percent believe the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately rule unconstitutional Utah’s state ban denying gay couples the right to marry.

As the article concludes, things are unlikely to change much unless and until wither the Mormon Church approves marriage equality, non-Mormons become a majority, or the younger Utahns grow up and replace their more conservative elders.

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USA: New Marriage Equality Poll Pegs Support at 54%

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

titleA new poll from the Marist Institute shows support at 54% overall, while support form those 18-29 is at 75%.

LGBT Weekly reports:

The sea change in attitudes is being propelled by two major forces, the poll found. First, people aged 18-29 overwhelmingly favor same-sex marriage. Second, the ranks of Americans who say they know someone who’s gay has skyrocketed over the last decade and a half. And those who know someone who’s gay are almost twice as likely to support same-sex marriage, the survey found.

According to the poll: Adults now support same-sex marriage by 54-38 percent. For more than a decade, only about a third of Americans supported the idea, ranging from 27 percent in 1996, as measured by the Pew Research Center, to 35 percent in 2009. Support has increased steadily since then, however. In 2011, a plurality supported same-sex marriage for the first time. And in 2013, a majority of adults said for the first time that they favored it.

Gay Star News flags another part of the poll:

…the ranks of Americans who say they know someone who’s gay has skyrocketed over the last decade and a half… Of the over 1,035 adults interviewed via telephone for the poll, those 18-29 were overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage, the number who actually know a gay person has surpassed 70%, and those who know someone gay are almost twice as likely to support same-sex marriage.

It’s much harder to sanction discrimination against someone that you know than when he’s a perfect stranger.

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Half of Hispanics Back Marriage Equality

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

titleA new poll shows that 50% of Hispanics now support marriage equality in the US.

CBS News reports:

Hispanics are more in step with a majority of Americans on the issue of same sex marriage. More Hispanics think same-sex marriage should be legal (50 percent) than not legal (44 percent). Fifty-four percent of non-Hispanics think it should be legal, compared to 39 percent who say it shouldn’t be. As is the case with the public overall, younger Hispanics are more likely than those who are older to support same-sex marriage. Among Hispanics, views on these issues differ depending on whether they were born in this country, or immigrated here from somewhere else. Those born in the U.S. are more supportive of abortion rights and same-sex marriage. On the health care law, Hispanics born outside the U.S. are more likely to approve of it, while those born here are more divided.

An earlier study showed that Asians in San Francisco who were born there were also much more supportive of marriage equality and the LGBT community than recent immigrants.

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Faroe Islands Marriage Equality Poll Shows 61% Support

Friday, August 8th, 2014

titleA new Faroe Islands Marriage Equality poll shows a high level of support.

Pink News reports:

A poll has found that 61% of people in the Faroe Islands support same-sex marriage. The Islands – an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark – maintain control over their own marriage laws. Denmark legalised same-sex marriage in 2012, but the law does not apply to the Faroe Islands, where same-sex relationships are not recognised.

The government voted down a marriage equality bill earlier this year 20-11,

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Kentucky Marriage Equality Poll Shows Opposition Dropped 22% in 10 Years

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

titleWhile we’ve still got a ways to go in the state, according to a new Kentucky marriage equality poll, the numbers are encouraging.

USA Today reports:

Results from the latest Bluegrass Poll, released Tuesday, show 50 percent of registered voters in Kentucky oppose same-sex marriage, while 37 percent favor it and 12 percent remain unsure. That’s a drop from the 55 percent who said they opposed gay marriage in February and a sharp decline from the 72 percent that voted in favor of a ban in 2004 — when the state constitution was amended to define marriage as between a man and a woman. “We’ve hit a bit of a threshold, and I think the tipping point is soon to follow,” said Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign. “The opposition has been teetering on the edge of having a majority for a long time, and that ground is rapidly slipping out from under them.”

Wow – opposition is down 22 points since 2004, and 5 points just since February! Amazing.

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Wisconsin Marriage Equality Poll Shows 56% Support

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

titleA new Wisconsin marriage equality poll shows majority support.

Fox11 reports:

The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a majority of public support repealing Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban. The latest poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of voters support repealing the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages. The poll of 804 registered voters was done between July 17 and Sunday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Wisconsin’s marriage equality case is awaiting a date at the Seventh Circuit court of appeals.

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New Australia Marriage Equality Poll Confirms Strong Support

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

titleA new Australia marriage equality poll shows a similar level of support as a poll earlier in the week.

Pink News reports:

A poll has corroborated earlier findings that suggested support for marriage equality had surged. A Crosby Textor poll earlier this week found that 72% of Australians support the introduction of same-sex marriage, with just 21% opposed, despite continued opposition within the government. The figures had been markedly surprising, given the previous high had been 64% support.

How about some action from the Australian Parliament?

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Australia Marriage Equality Support Reaches 72%

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

titleA new poll out in Australia shows marriage equality support at an astonishing level.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Support among Australians for same-sex marriage and for a conscience vote in the Coalition has reached an all-time high, according to a survey by the Liberal Party’s own pollster. A Crosby Textor poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality, has found that 72 per cent of Australians want same-sex marriage legalised, while 77 per cent think Coalition MPs should be granted a conscience vote.

Amazing. And yet, even while there was a left wing government, marriage equality was blocked, in large part by single, atheist Prime Minister Julia Gillard. And now with a conservative government on place…

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