A first: Majority of Americans now supports same-sex marriage, Gallup finds

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    May 20, 2011 2:24 PM GMT
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/05/gay-marriage-ok-with-majority-of-americans-gallup.html

    Thanks to a radical shift in thinking among independents and Democrats during the past year, for the first time in Gallup Poll tracking a clear majority of Americans now approves of gay marriage.

    A new Gallup Poll released this morning finds that this month 53% of Americans say same-sex marriage should be recognized in law as equally valid with traditional male-female marriages.

    The spurt in support of 9% in the past 12 months was the largest registered since Gallup first tracked the topic in 1996. Back then, only 27% supported same-sex marriage and two-thirds opposed.

    Support for same-sex marriages had hovered in the low 40's since about 2004, until the latest figures, showing 59% of independents and 69% of Democrats now support the idea, while 28% of Republicans do. The GOP figure was unchanged from 2010.
    The new statistics also show a predictable generational cleavage, with support for gay marriage highest among the youngest (70% among those 18 to 34), declining to 53% among those 35 to 54 years old and weakest among those over 55 (39%) -- although even that segment's support increased six points in the past 12 months.
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    May 20, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    but WI's kock bros.controlled lackey of a governor is trying to take away any/all gay rights in that state.



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    May 20, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    rnch saidbut WI's kock bros.controlled lackey of a governor is trying to take away any/all gay rights in that state.



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    The Koch brothers are actually for gay marriage:http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/gay-marriage-backing-billionaire-david-koch-comes-to-tea-party/story-e6frg6so-1225899721770

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    rnch saidbut WI's kock bros.controlled lackey of a governor is trying to take away any/all gay rights in that state.



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    The Koch brothers are actually for gay marriage:http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/gay-marriage-backing-billionaire-david-koch-comes-to-tea-party/story-e6frg6so-1225899721770

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    I already went over this with him. Kind of bizarre to see him repeating what he did before.
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    May 20, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    It's no surprise that the Gallup poll shows that the rise in support for gay marriage is being fueled by a rise in support from Democrats and Independents, while Republicans continue to strongly oppose gay marriage.
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    May 20, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
    rickrick91 saidIt's no surprise that the Gallup poll shows that the rise in support for gay marriage is being fueled by a rise in support from Democrats and Independents, while Republicans continue to strongly oppose gay marriage.


    No, it is the conversion of republicans that is creating a majority in favor of gay marriage.

    Most real fiscal conservatives identify as "independent" anyway. They won't actually say they are conservative or republican, even if they ultimately tend to vote that way.
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    May 20, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    ............ Yeah but who is gonna tell then republican party?
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    May 20, 2011 7:12 PM GMT
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    No, it is the conversion of republicans that is creating a majority in favor of gay marriage.


    I wish, but from the article:

    "Support for same-sex marriages had hovered in the low 40's since about 2004, until the latest figures, showing 59% of independents and 69% of Democrats now support the idea, while 28% of Republicans do. The GOP figure was unchanged from 2010."
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    rickrick91 saidIt's no surprise that the Gallup poll shows that the rise in support for gay marriage is being fueled by a rise in support from Democrats and Independents, while Republicans continue to strongly oppose gay marriage.


    No, it is the conversion of republicans that is creating a majority in favor of gay marriage.

    Most real fiscal conservatives identify as "independent" anyway. They won't actually say they are conservative or republican, even if they ultimately tend to vote that way.




    Thanks for your biased opinion/spin.
    I would urge folks who care about the unbiased facts to click on the link to the poll - where they will discover that the unbiased spin-free POLL reveals that support for gay marriage rose among Democrats by 13%, and support for gay marriage rose among Independents by 10% - while support for gay marriage among Republicans remained flat with no gain in support at all.
    But, I can understand why Repubs like you, want to try to spin gay Americans into believing that Repub support for gay marriage is strong and growing - contrary to the actual facts which reveal quite the opposite.

    The Repub party remains just as strongly anti-gay as ever.
    I hope to live to see the day when that changes.
  • rnch

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    May 20, 2011 7:15 PM GMT
    in spite of what they may pay "lip service" to in the press; there's no way that the Rich Republican kock bros are going to be pro-gay ANYTHING.

    doesn't matter what they SAY....their paid support of WI's governor and his actions say otherwise.