metta8 saidGay rights’ surprise weapon: Morality
"Morality, not tolerance, moved gay marriage into the mainstream in 2011"
This is great news, especially the part that claims the Gallup Poll found 53 percent of Americans favored gay marriages. However, this statistic may not apply to all areas of the country such as the bible belt areas of the South, Utah, strongly roman catholic areas, and communities with a majority of older people.
In NC where they will have to vote on a constitutional band the acceptance of either a civil union are marriage has been right inline with the country. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/elonpoll/093011.xhtml
Majority of N.C. residents oppose constitutional ban on same-sex marriage
Fifty-six percent of North Carolinians oppose a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to the latest Elon University poll, and the number of people who would prefer to see no legal recognition for same-sex couples has dropped since pollsters asked the same question two years ago.
The poll, conducted Sept. 25-29, 2011, surveyed 594 North Carolina residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.02 percentage points. The sample is of the population in general, with numbers that include both landlines and cellular phones. The Elon University Poll does not restrict respondents by voter eligibility or likelihood of voting.
N.C. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage
September 2011: 56 percent oppose / 39 percent support
February 2011: 56 percent oppose / 38 percent support
March 2009: 50 percent oppose / 43 percent support
Oppose any legal recognition for same-sex couples:
September 2011: 34 percent
February 2011: 35 percent
March 2009: 44 percent
Support civil unions or partnerships, but not full marriage rights:
September 2011: 29 percent
February 2011: 29 percent
March 2009: 28 percent
Support full marriage rights:
September 2011: 33 percent
February 2011: 28 percent
March 2009: 21 percent
North Carolinians will go to the polls in May to vote on such a constitutional amendment. Lawmakers in Raleigh approved the ballot measure late this summer.
“The ballot referendum that would ban same sex marriage will be the issue to watch this year,” said Mileah Kromer, assistant director of the Elon University Poll. “With North Carolinians so divided on this issue, expect a tough battle over the next few months as both sides attempt to sway public opinion in their favor”