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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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60% in Hong Kong Back LGBT Protections

Monday, November 10th, 2014

titleA new survey in Hong Kong showed a high level of support for protections for the LGBT community.

Gay Star News reports:

The paper, published by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), comes two weeks after a three-month public consultation on the city’s anti-discrimination laws. ‘Our survey found that a majority of Hong Kong people hold generally favorable views of gays and lesbians, and a majority support enacting legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Only 20% of the public said that they disagree with such legislation,’ the report said.

An overwhelming majority of respondents, 83 per cent, said parents should love their children regardless of their sexual orientation. In contrast, only 16 per cent of respondents said that their acceptance of an individual was affected by the individual’s sexual orientation and 28 per cent said gays and lesbians were immoral.

Of course, Hong Kong is one of the most liberal parts of China, having been under British rule until 1997. But still, it’s an encouraging sign.

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Analysis: Marriage Equality Has No Impact on Rate of Straight Marriages

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

titleA new survey done by the Reno Gazette-Journal found no impact on straight weddings after marriage equality was introduced in a given state or country.

The Advocate reports:

A recent analysis by Fact Checker at the Reno Gazette-Journal looked into the marriage rate of countries abroad that have legalized same-sex marriage and compared the marriage rate over time. The findings show that same-sex marriage has not had any impact on the rate of different-sex marriages. So Nevada need not be worried about marriage equality recently coming to the state. The ongoing decline in different-sex marriages is actually a trend started decades before same-sex marriage became an issue. Fact Checker looked at Eurostat data and compared marriage rates in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands over the decades. Although they have differing laws about marriage, all three countries had the same trend, according to Fact Checker, and showed declines in marriages since the 1970s.

Think it will make any difference?

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Only 2% of the US is Gay? I Don’t Buy It

Friday, July 25th, 2014

titleOn July 15, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a statement that just over two percent of Americans over 18 identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. This statistic–the outcome of polling 34,500 adults–muddies the already murky numbers attempting to quantify America’s homosexual population. (Other reports suggest as much as 20 percent of America is gay). Frankly, this new CDC stat feels as if it’s hanging on the underside of a reasonable margin of error, and with no accusation of bad motives by the CDC, I don’t buy it.

The degrees of separation between society-at-large and homosexuals are closing in as more people acknowledge being gay, thus bringing homosexuality into the fold of many who were previously unaware they were touched by it. While it’s dubious to say that a number has a feeling, the impact of gay America feels larger than two percent.

In fairness to the CDC, as a health-oriented organization it benefits from raw data produced from consistently controlled variables. Concrete numbers are plainly more effective when dealing with the health issues of any population. Perhaps the results are less indicative of the prevalence of homosexuality than of the reluctance homosexuals (or anyone anything other than 100% straight) feel to openly discuss their sexuality.

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Marriage Equality Opponents Don’t Know They’re Losing

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

titleIn a fascinating article, Christopher Ingraham explains why marriage equality opponents don’t ever seem to know when to give up. They don’t know they’re losing.

The Washington Post explains:

According to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, only 41 percent of Americans oppose allowing same-sex couples to marry. But that same 41 percent has a highly skewed perception of where the rest of the country stands: nearly two-thirds of same-sex marriage opponents erroneously think most Americans agree with them. And only two in 10 same-sex marriage opponents realize that the majority of Americans support marriage equality… same-sex marriage opponents are unique in the depth of their misunderstanding of the issue. Because they skew strongly conservative and deeply religious, this may be a manifestation of what Andrew Sullivan has termed “epistemic closure.” Think of this as an extreme case of confirmation bias — that tendency of people to filter out information that challenges their beliefs and preconceived notions.

Ah, now it all makes sense – it’s Bill Maher’s famous bubble – nothing gets in, not even general reality.

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USA: Support for Marriage Equality Reaches 53%

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

titleA new survey shows a continued increase in support for marriage equality in the US as a whole.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Support for gay marriage has surged in the United States in the decade since it first became legal in Massachusetts, with just over half of Americans now supporting the idea, according to a survey released Wednesday. The survey on attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comes as U.S. lawmakers and courts are increasingly allowing same-sex couples to wed. Some 53 percent of the 4,509 Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute said they supported gay marriage, up from 32 percent in 2003, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it.

Some interesting tidbits: Americans think 20% of the country is gay (if only). 83% of Jews support it, 56-58% of Catholics support it, and 59% of black Protestants and 69% of white Evangelicals oppose it.

One more thing – a third of millennials who have left their childhood religion cited opposition to marriage equality as a major factor.

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USA, Indiana: Senate Likely to Delay Gay Marriage Ban Until 2016

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

titleIn a bit of breaking news, a lawmaker survey by the Indianapolis star shows that there is little support in the State Senate to resort the civil unions “second sentence” to the ban on marriage equality.

The Indy Star reports:

The Senate may be in the same position as the House was three weeks ago: Eliminate the hotly debated second sentence so the amendment will pass. An Indianapolis Star survey of the 50-member body this week found 16 said they will oppose adding back the second sentence and 10 — mostly Republicans — are undecided. Only six senators said they will vote to restore the sentence, which opponents think also would prohibit domestic partner benefits. Senate President Pro Tempore David Long and 15 other senators declined to comment on the second sentence or how they will vote on the amendment — with or without the second sentence. Two senators are ill and were not surveyed. They are not expected to vote.

If they do not restore the civil unions ban, the law would need another legislative vote in 2016 before getting on the ballot. And the marriage equality landscape may look much different in the US by then, especially if the US Supreme Court weighs in again in the meantime. Just look at how much support for the ban has slipped in the last two years?

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Vatican Sends Out Survey on Birth Control, Abortion, and Marriage Equality

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The VaticanThe Vatican is sending out a survey to all of its Bishops to get local parishes more involved in church decision-making on important issues.

Edge Boston reports:

The poll was sent in mid-October to every national conference of bishops with a request from the Vatican coordinator, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, to “share it immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received.” The survey reflects the pope’s pledges to move away from what he called a “Vatican-centric” approach toward one where local church leaders are more involved in decision-making.

Among the questions are whether gay marriage is recognized in their country and how priests minister to same-sex couples, including how churches can respond when gays seek a religious education or Holy Communion for their children. The poll also asks “how is God’s mercy proclaimed” to separated, divorced and remarried couples. Additional information is sought on the pastoral care of men and women who live together outside of marriage. The survey also asks parishes whether they believe married men and women tend to follow church teaching barring the use of artificial contraception.

I’m kinda liking this new Pope’s style.

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USA, Indiana: Poll Says Two Thirds Against Plan for Marriage Equality Constitutional Ban

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

titleWow – Indiana really doesn’t want to add a ban on marriage equality to its constitution, if a new poll form Freedom Indiana is right.

The Journal-Gazette reports:

A new poll released Tuesday by Freedom Indiana shows almost two-thirds of Hoosiers believe amending the Indiana Constitution is the wrong way to address the issue of same-sex marriage. By 64 percent to 36 percent, voters oppose amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. “The message from these results is clear: Hoosiers overwhelmingly support some legal recognition for same-sex couples, and they oppose amending the Indiana Constitution to address the issue of same-sex marriage and rights,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson.

On the flip side, a conservative group is trying to pin down legislators’ stances on marriage equality.

Edge Boston reports:

A prominent conservative lobbying group is pushing for Indiana legislators to disclose what side they’ll take in next year’s expected vote on whether to put a ban on gay marriage into the state constitution. The survey sent by Advance America to legislators has a Thursday deadline. The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1dDrGAt ) that’s a day before the state Senate’s majority Republicans have scheduled a private meeting.

Indiana is one of the last states that doesn’t either recognize marriage equality or have a constitutional ban in place.

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USA: One Third of College Students Still Oppose LGBT Rights

Friday, September 20th, 2013

titleA new study shows a large minority of college students are still opposed to LGBT rights in the US.

Dot429 reports:

Although popular culture may cultivate the perception that all young people everywhere are in support of gay rights, a recent University of Michigan study shows that one-third still do not. While I’d like to focus on the uplifting seventy-five percent that support LGBT civil rights, one-third is still far too large a fraction–especially among our population’s future leaders. The findings of the study, which appear in the current issue of the Journal of Community Practice, came from a sample of 2,568 heterosexual-identified sophomores, juniors, and graduate students. Participants were asked to provide their views on contemporary LGBT civil rights issues including marriage laws and employment protection rights.

The study shows there’s still work to do, even among the younger generations.

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