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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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Czech Republic Marriage Equality Support Dips

Monday, July 14th, 2014

titleCzech Republic marriage equality support dropped 6% in a year, according to a new poll.

Gay Star News reports:

If a new poll is to believed, the idea of legalizing same-sex marriage is becoming less popular, not more, in the Czech Republic – with 6% less saying they support it this year compared to figures from last year. The polling data was released by the CVVM research agency on Friday and found wide support for the Czech Republic’s current method of recognizing same-sex couples – with 73% saying they were in favor of the country’s civil unions scheme. However in 2014 only 45% said they supported same-sex marriage, compared to 51% in 2013 and 2012 – the first time the poll had found majority support.

So is support really going backwards? And if so, is it driven by the anti gay law in nearby Russia? Or… ?

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Louisiana Marriage Equality Poll Shows 55% Oppose It

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

titleA new poll shows opposition to marriage equality has dropped 8% in less than a year.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Voters in Louisiana remain strongly opposed to same-sex marriage but opposition continues to decline, according to the latest polling from Public Policy Polling. The poll released Tuesday finds that 55 percent of respondents said they opposed legalizing same-sex marriage in Louisiana, while 32 percent said they would support it. Last August, the same polling firm reported 63 percent of Louisiana respondents opposed same-sex marriage, a 12-point shift in favor of same-sex marriage over the past 11 months.

Of course, we also have an April showing only 47% opposition in the state, but that one always seemed like a bit of an outlier to me.

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Poll: Average British Person Knows Five and a Half Gay Men

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

titleA new UK poll shows how many gays and lesbians the typical British person knows.

Gay Star News reports:

A new government poll has revealed the average British person knows more gay men than lesbian women. Statistics show the average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 lesbian women. The poll only focused on these two aspects of the LGBTI community. The information was gathered by government body YouGov in a survey aiming to find a reasonable number for how many gays and lesbians there are in the UK. No official data exists as to how many gays and lesbians there are in the UK, but some groups, such as LGBTI equality group Stonewall, say a figure of six per cent of the population being LGBTI is a sensible estimation.

Next poll – how many gays are between you and Kevin Bacon?

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Oklahoma Marriage Equality Still Faces Strong Opposition, Poll Says

Monday, June 30th, 2014

titleA new poll shows widespread opposition to Oklahoma marriage equality.

Tulsa World reports:

Two in three Oklahomans oppose gay marriage with areas of greater support for the issue found among Democrats, younger voters and urban area dwellers, according to an Oklahoma Poll. The poll, among 393 likely voters statewide, found that 66 percent answered that they either strongly oppose or somewhat oppose allowing same-sex couples to marry. The poll found that 58.1 percent of those asked said they strongly opposed gay marriage, while 8.1 percent were somewhat opposed to the issue.

Poll participant Susan Harrison of Sallisaw said she was strongly opposed to allowing same-sex couples to marry. “I’m a Christian and I believe what the Bible says, and it says it’s an abomination,” she said.

The marriage equality ban in the state was passed in 2004 with 76% support, so that’s still a 10 point drop over a decade.

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USA: Marriage Equality Trumps Religious Objections, Poll Finds

Friday, June 27th, 2014

titleA new poll finds that a majority of Americans think marriage equality should trump “religious freedom”, at least when it comes to health care and businesses.

The Gazette Extra reports:

A solid majority of Americans now supports equal treatment for same-sex couples despite religious objections, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released this week by the First Amendment Center. Sixty-one percent of respondents agree that the government should require religiously affiliated groups that receive government funding to provide health care benefits to same-sex partners of employees–even when the religious group opposes same-sex marriage. And 54 percent of the public agree that a business providing wedding services to the public should be required to serve same-sex couples, even if the business owner objects to gay marriage on religious grounds.

When it’s about commerce, LGBT rights (just like African American rights and women’s rights) should trump someone’s religious objections.

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62% of Americans Think It’s Illegal to Fire Someone for Being Gay

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Although you can still be fired in 29 states for being gay, a majority of Americans think the practice is already illegal.

LGBT Employment Poll

The Dish reports:

On what other subject is the public so grotesquely misinformed? And what does it say about the acumen of the Human Rights Campaign that its Number One legislative priority for the last 25 years (with 76 percent national support!) remains as out of sight as ever? Just keep sending them your checks, guys. In another quarter century, you might get something back for them.

It’s amazing that 76% support this, and we still can’t get it done. But then again, see immigration reform and gun control.

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President Obama Will Sign LGBT Employment Executive Order

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

President Barack ObamaPresident Obama will finally sign an executive order requiring that all companies who contract with the federal government must not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Think Progress reports:

The order, expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, is an extension of orders previously issued by past presidents — most recently Johnson — similarly banning employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin among all contractors and subcontractors who do over $10,000 in business with the government in any one year. The protections will reach over one million LGBT workers across the country, making it the single largest expansion of LGBT workplace protections in our country’s history. There continue to be 29 states that offer no employment protections on the basis of sexual orientation and 32 with no protections based on gender identity, but many LGBT workers in those states will now have workplace protections for the first time ever.

A new HRC poll shows that 63% favor a law protecting the LGBT community in the workplace.

LGBT Weekly reports:

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today released new public opinion research that conclusively demonstrates strong public support for federal non-discrimination workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers. A national survey of 1,200 registered voters conducted June 6-10, 2014 by TargetPoint Consulting found that 63 percent of those surveyed favor a federal law that protects gay and transgender people from employment discrimination while only 25 percent oppose it. Enthusiasm for this is especially strong among supporters: 42 percent strongly favor it, while only 16 percent strongly oppose.

And Senator Orrin Hatch has the gall to ask the President to put conditions on his order, after helping to block the passage of ENDA for how many years?

The Washington Blade reports:

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is calling for the executive order that President Obama is poised to sign barring LGBT discrimination among federal contractors to include a religious exemption along the lines of the pending Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Hatch made the comments via a statement to the Washington Blade in response to a request to comment on the directive, which the White House on Monday announced President Obama intends to sign. “While the specifics of this executive order are not yet clear, I believe it must include the same religious protections that are included in the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the Senate,” Hatch said.

OMG, the balls it must take to stand up and say that with a straight face (pun intended).

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