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Japan: 52% Support Domestic Partnerships

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

titleSupport for domestic partnership certificates for same sex couples has past 50%, a new poll finds.

Gay Star News reports:

More than half of Japan supports a Tokyo ward’s plan to issue partnership certificates to gay couples, according to a new survey by a major Japanese newspaper. Three in ten (27%) opposed the idea. The Asahi Shimbun poll also found that gay marriage supporters narrowly outnumbered opponents: 41% of respondents said gay marriage should be legalized compared to 37% who disagreed.

Support is growing for marriage equality in the country – it’s good to finally see some movement there.

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USA: New Poll Says 60% of Likely Voters Support Marriage Equality

Friday, February 13th, 2015

titleA new poll from HRC shows a heightened level of support for marriage equality among likely voters.

Politico reports:

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule this spring on whether same-sex couples nationwide should have the right to marry, a gay rights organization on Friday released a new survey showing support for gay marriage at 60 percent among likely voters in the 2016 election. The Human Rights Campaign — a Washington, D.C.-based tax-exempt nonprofit that works to “achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans” — says its survey shows conservatives who claim the country will balk at court-imposed marriage rights are out of step with public opinion. The poll was conducted late last month by the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. According to the survey, 60 percent of likely voters say they favor “allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally,” while 37 percent oppose allowing gays to marry.

While the poll measures likely voters vs. people in general, it’s still a great number to see.

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Tennessee Marriage Equality Opposition Drops 9 Points

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

titleMarriage equality opposition is still above 50%, but it has fallen drastically over the last year.

The Tennessean reports:

Fifty-five percent of Tennesseans are against same-sex marriages, the poll found. That number is down from the 64-percent opposition reported in a 2014 poll from MTSU. Religious identity also seemed to play a key role in people’s attitudes on this topic. Seventy percent of evangelicals were against same-sex marriage, while only 29 percent of non-evangelicals were in opposition.

How long do you think it will be until the last state sees support rise over 50%?

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USA: Survey Says 81% of Incoming College Freshmen Support Marriage Equality

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

titleMarriage equality support among incoming freshmen at us colleges grew by 6.5% this last year.

Joe.My.God reports:

The survey last asked about same-sex marriage in 2012. In the interim, support for same-sex couples having the legal right to marry has increased 6.5 percentage points to 81.5%. This increase covers a span of time where the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s state ban on same-sex marriage. Additionally, since these Supreme Court decisions, state-level same-sex marriage bans have fallen across the country in U.S. Circuit and District courts; as of January 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up four pending cases from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals…

The findings show that only students who identify as “far right” do not support same-sex marriage. Just 44.3% of students identified as “far right” either “agreed somewhat” or “agreed strongly” that same-sex couples should have the legal right to marry. This figure contrasts with 56.6% of “conservative” students, 84.7% of “middle-of-the-road” students, 93.9% of “liberal” students, and 90.5% of “far left” students. It is clear that same-sex marriage is no longer an issue for the vast majority of entering college freshmen.

The fight is over. We’re just quibbling about the details now.

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USA Poll: Large Group of Marriage Equality Supporters Also Approve of Religious Exemptions

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

titleA new poll from Associated Press-GfK shows that the rise in marriage equality support comes with some caveats.

ABC News reports:

While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons. Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from any requirement that they issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, according to the poll…

About a quarter of those who favor legal same-sex marriage also favor religious exemptions for those who issue marriage licenses, the poll finds, and a third say wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse service.

I want someone to ask these people if they would still feel the same if the word “black” was substituted for the word “gay”. If so, although I’d find their position morally repugnant, at least it would be intellectually consistent. If not, the question would point out the lingering homophobia that still haunts our movement.

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Italy: 64% Support Civil Unions, But 59% Oppose Marriage Equality

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

titleSome disappointing marriage equality and gay adoption numbers out of Italy today.

Gay Star News reports:

A public poll, conducted by Eurispes pollsters, found that 64.4% of those polled supported juridical protection for de facto couples of any gender – a benefit of legally recognized civil unions. However, 59.2% opposed gay marriage – up from a figure of 50.7% in 2014.

The percentage of people against gay adoption was 72.2% – a similar figure to previous polls. Adoption of children is currently restricted to opposite-sex married couples only, although a court in Rome recently allowed a woman to legally adopt and become the co-parent of her female partner’s child.

The support for civil unions is a good thing, but a nine point increase in marriage equality opposition seems drastic.

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New Poll Shows 7% of LGBT Community Opposes Marriage Equality

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

titleAn interesting new poll shows that a small sliver of the US LGBT population opposes marriage equality.

The Washington Post reports:

A new chart from Pew, based on 2013 data, shows that 7 percent of LGBT Americans said they oppose same-sex marriage. And another 18 percent said they favor it, but that they didn’t feel strongly. Perhaps most striking, 39 percent of the LGBT community said the marriage fight was taking focus off other issues of import to them.

Opposition to gay marriage in the LGBT community, such as it exists, is driven by three groups: LGBT blacks, LGBT Republicans, and bisexual Americans.

While 12 percent of the black LGBT community opposed gay marriage, nearly one in five (19 percent) Republicans did, too. Only 45 percent of LGBT Republicans said they strongly favored gay marriage — the lowest of any group. Fifty-eight percent of LGBT blacks said they strongly favor it.

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76% in Ireland Support Marriage Equality, and 90% Under 24

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Ireland Poll

A new poll from Ireland shows huge levels of support for marriage equality.

The Irish Journal reports:

A new poll shows 76% support for same-sex marriage in Ireland, ahead of this summer’s referendum. The Red C poll was carried out by phone among 1002 people. The referendum will be held in May. It shows that 81% of women and 72% of men polled supported marriage for same-sex couples. People aged 18 – 24 were most likely to support it, with support generally declining as the age of those polled increased. The news has been welcomed by Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Its director, Mark Kelly, said that the poll “is further evidence of the deep repository of goodwill amongst voters in Ireland towards full equality for same sex couples.”

Now if they’ll just show up for the referendum…

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New Survey: 62% of Americans Support Marriage Equality

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

titleA new Rand survey shows a surprising bump in marriage equality support in the US.

Newsweek reports:

On Oct. 5, 2014, the Supreme Court announced that it would not review several federal appeals courts decisions against bans on same-sex (“gay”) marriage, which effectively meant same-sex marriage would be legal in 24 states. Following this announcement, one set of questions we asked focused on people’s attitudes toward the legalization of gay marriage. We first asked whether they favored legalizing or prohibiting gay marriage, then we asked if they thought the legality of gay marriage should be decided by each state, for all states based on the U.S. Constitution, or if they were unsure… Overall, the majority of the country supports the legalization of gay marriage: 62.4 percent.

Overall, 54.9% thought the issue should be decided Federally, not on a state by state basis, and support was also higher in states that had marriage equality before 10/5/14, when the US Supreme Court’s non decision opened the door for more than a dozen new marriage equality states.

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New Poll: 34% in Nebraska Support Marriage Equality

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Nebraska Poll

A new poll shows a majority still oppose marriage equality in the state, but a minority in Omaha are against it.

Omaha.com reports:

A majority of Nebraskans 54 percent oppose the legalization of gay marriage in the state, according to a World-Herald statewide poll. In Omaha, however, more people supported than opposed gay marriage: 46 percent in support, 41 percent opposed. The poll comes as supporters of same-sex marriage prepare to challenge the states gay-marriage ban in court. The ACLU of Nebraska and others filed a lawsuit in federal court last month, arguing that the 2000 ban violates the constitutional rights of gay people to marry.

The new poll shows a slight increase from 2012, when a poll showed that 32% of Nebraskans supported marriage equality, but it also shows a big drop in opposition – the ban originally passed in 2000 with 70% support.

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