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USA: Marriage Equality Stance Helped President Obama in 2012

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

titleA new study confirms that marriage equality was a wedge issue that worked in favor of Democrats and President Obama in 2012.

Gay City News reports:

Professor Garretson has used state of the art methods and the conclusion that he draws is not so surprising when we think about the immense sea change we have seen over these years,” said Patrick Egan, a professor of politics and public policy at New York University who was not involved in the study. “It used to be that all the energy was on the anti-marriage side, but over the course of the decade enthusiasm shifted toward those in favor of extending marriage to same-sex couples… It became an advantage.”… In a series of complex calculations that used voter enthusiasm, predicted turnout, and actual turnout, Garretson estimated that the four 2012 marriage ballot initiatives gave President Barack Obama an additional 42,000 votes in Maine, 49,000 votes in Maryland, 89,000 votes in Minnesota, and 108,000 votes in Washington State. The Minnesota vote was a ban on same-sex marriage that voters shot down, and voters approved same-sex marriage in the other three states.

Remember when gay marriage was a wedge issue for the right? What a difference a decade makes…

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USA: 2012 Election Autopsy – RNC Recommends Outreach to Gays

Monday, March 18th, 2013

GOPThe RNC thinks all they need to do t win in 2014 and 2016 is to talk to gays and other minorities, not actually address any of their issues. The Washington Blade reports:

“We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian and gay Americans and demonstrate that we care about them, too,” the report states. The report notes that younger voters — not just gay people — are being turned off by the Republican Party because treatment of gay people is seen as a “gateway” to entering the party. “Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be,” the report states.

The AFAs Bryan Fischer doesn’t even want the party to tlak with the gays. LGBTQ Nation reports:

As Fischer sees it, it is “idiotic” for the GOP to consider changing its message in an effort to win over ignorant and naive young people who don’t understand the dangers posed by homosexuality. “They don’t need to be pandered to,” Fischer proclaimed, “they need to be educated. We don’t pander to the least mature, least intelligent, least informed, least experienced, least educated members of our movement; we educate them.”

And he would know “the least mature, least intelligent, least informed, least experienced, least educated members of our movement”. They’re his members, after all.

USA: Chick-fil-A’s Anti Gay Stance Didn’t Hurt Business; No Anti-Gay Donations in 2011?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Chick-fil-AAccording to the Hollywood Gossip, Chick-fil-A, in the midst of the controversy over the company’s anti-gay policies, sales actually grew:

The company ended 2012 with $4.6 billion in sales, up 14 percent from $4.1 billion a year earlier, and it opened 96 news stores, four more than 2011. The company does not have to publicize its finances because it is privately owned, but made those figures available to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In related news, Pink News reports that the company’s tax returns show no donations to anti -gay groups in 2011:

A gay rights advocacy group has said that, according to its most recent tax documents, Chick-fil-A has ceased giving money to groups opposed to equal marriage and gay rights. According to gay rights group Campus Pride, the 2011 IRS 990 filings for Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation, shows no sign that they had funded anti-gay groups.

So mixed news… and they keep popping up in new places – at least two new ones here in Sacramento in the last few months.

NOM’s Tough Year

Monday, December 31st, 2012

National Organization for Marriage's Tough Year2012 was undoubtedly one of the toughest years the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has faced since its founding in 2007. Historic defeats at the ballot box, the release of embarrassing internal documents, and unsuccessful boycotts against major companies have all dealt serious blows to the organization’s credibility and electoral influence.

NOM, however, continues to insist that the past twelve months have gone pretty well. Let’s take a look back at the organization’s biggest gaffes, defeats, and PR disasters in 2012:

10. New Hampshire Repeal Effort

9. Another Failed Thanksgiving Video

Authored By Carlos Maza – See the Full Story at Equality Matters

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USA: 2012 Marriage Equality Wins Will Lead to More in 2013

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

USA: 2012 Marriage Equality Wins Will lead to More in 2013Do you appreciate the watershed moment in LGBT history we are witnessing? If any of you doubt that we are living in historic times for LGBT equality, just note what you’re about to witness in the next few weeks and months.

The first president of the United States of America who campaigned openly and often on the issue of LGBT equality and won is about to be inaugurated for a second term, and most likely somewhere in that second term will nominate the first out cabinet member, as well as host a landslide of equality initiatives.

The first out elected U.S. senator, Tammy Baldwin, will be sworn into office, along with the largest-ever delegation of out Congressmembers. The Supreme Court will hear debates on marriage equality and will rule by the summer.

Authored By Mark Segal – See the Full Story at The Bilerico Project

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Eight Great Marriage Equality Videos From 2012

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

It’s been a banner year for the LGBT community. Check out these eight videos that helped push equality forward in 2012.

–Republican State Representative Maureen Walsh discusses her love for her daughter and the importance of marriage equality in her home state of Washington.

–Shane Bitney-Crone shares the heartbreaking loss of his partner, Tom, and the harms of marriage discrimination.

Authored By Seth Adams – See the Full Story at SDGLN

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USA: 86% of Democrats Voted for Marriage Equality in 2012 Votes

Friday, December 14th, 2012

USA: 86% of Democrats Voted for Marriage Equality in 2012 VotesEarlier I cited centrist Democratic think tank Third Way’s poll on marriage equality support in Washington, where same-sex marriages just got underway. Well, that report, showing that framing marriage equality as a matter of love, rather than rights wins the fight, is now out.

Here’s a telling excerpt about movement among political lines:

The victory for marriage in Washington State was delivered by voters well outside the usual liberal base. Centrist voters supported the marriage refer- endum by large margins, with 66% of moderates voting yes, as well as 59% of Independents.

Unlike past elections–including Proposition 8 in California, where Democrats had trouble consolidating their own base in favor of marriage–this time 80% of Obama voters pulled the lever for marriage, as well as 86% of Democrats. Even 79% of moderate and conservative Democrats voted in favor of marriage for gay couples, as well as 38% of liberal and moderate Republicans.

Authored By Andrew Belonsky – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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USA: Catholic Church Spent $2 Million Fighting Marriage Equality in 2012

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Catholic Church Spent $2 Million Fighting Marriage Equality in the US in 2012The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy funneled $2 million into entirely unsuccessful efforts to advance discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the four marriage ballot states of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington this election cycle. An updated HRC report, available at www.hrc.org/catholicreport, provides a snapshot of just how much money the Church, along with its close ally the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), poured into campaigns aimed solely at depriving LGBT Americans of dignity and respect.

The historic results of last week’s elections only highlight the growing disconnect between the fair-minded Romany Catholic laity and the anti-LGBT Church hierarchy. A 2012 Public Religion Research Institute poll found that nearly 60 percent of Catholics support marriage equality. In fact, polling indicates marriage equality is one of the least important issues Catholics are currently concerned with. That same poll, from Belden Russonello, found that 83 percent of Catholics feel their bishops should not influence their vote.

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Oregon, USA: Did Gay Rights Organization Err by Not Putting Marriage Equality on the Ballot in 2012?

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Tim Hibbitts may be the dean of Oregon pollsters. For almost four decades, Hibbitts, once a partner of the polling firm DHM Research, has crunched numbers and had a front row seat on the changes in the electorate in this state.

His thoughtful analysis and broad understanding of Oregon history has made him invaluable to political journalists over the years, even though he long ago stopped polling for candidates (most of DHM’s work is for corporate clients).

We sat down with Hibbitts the day after the election to ask about the results of specific races and what the political future holds for Oregon. We’ll be running clips from that interview over the next week. Here is a short clip in which Hibbitts addresses gay marriage.

Authored By Mark Zusman – See the Full Story at Willamette Week

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USA: GOP Touts Anti Gay Attitudes at Values Voters Summit

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

GOP Touts Anti Gay Attitudes at Values Voters SummitRepublican public officials — including the No. 2 person on the GOP presidential ticket — weaved opposition to same-sex marriage into their speeches during an annual social conservative conference in D.C. as they criticized President Obama’s policies and reaffirmed traditional values.

Speakers at the the 2012 Values Voters Summit, which was hosted at the Omni Shoreham Hotel by the anti-gay Family Research Council, addressed an estimated 2,500 attendees who cheered references to prohibiting marriage rights for gay couples and making abortion illegal.

Perhaps the most high-profile speech at the three-day summit came from GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, who made a reference to marriage when touting the values of the candidate at the top of the ticket: Mitt Romney.

Authored By Chris Johnson – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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