POLL: MOST AMERICANS THINK U.S. CONSTITUTION, NOT STATES, SHOULD DECIDE MARRIAGE EQUALITY

  • metta

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    Apr 05, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    POLL: MOST AMERICANS THINK U.S. CONSTITUTION, NOT STATES, SHOULD DECIDE MARRIAGE EQUALITY

    "a large majority of Americans (56%-36%) also feel that marriage equality is a constitutional issue — that is, one that should be decided by the United States Constitution, not by a patchwork of individual state laws."


    http://www.johnmbecker.com/2013/04/05/marriage-equality-constitutional-issue-poll/

    I hope that the Supreme Court sees this poll.
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    Apr 05, 2013 8:26 PM GMT
    The poll also revealed that 65 percent of Americans — including 57 percent of respondents over 55 and 71 percent of those under 35 — say they have close friends or close relatives who they know to be gay or lesbian. As veteran LGBT activist David Mixner points out, this just goes to show that coming out of the closet remains the single most important action LGBT people can take in the fight for equality. [Emphasis mine]
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    Apr 05, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    When part the issue at hand is over 1100 federal rights of marriage, who else should get to decide what's what. That is just common sense, imo.

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    Apr 06, 2013 8:52 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    metta8 saidPOLL: MOST AMERICANS THINK U.S. CONSTITUTION, NOT STATES, SHOULD DECIDE MARRIAGE EQUALITY

    "a large majority of Americans (56%-36%) also feel that marriage equality is a constitutional issue — that is, one that should be decided by the United States Constitution, not by a patchwork of individual state laws."


    http://www.johnmbecker.com/2013/04/05/marriage-equality-constitutional-issue-poll/

    I hope that the Supreme Court sees this poll.


    Ah, you've expressed an opinion, bravo!

    I certainly hope the Supreme Court doesn't let a poll influence their decision, rather, I hope the Supreme Court rules based on the Constitution.


    Judging from the arguments they may not. Many of them seemed far more concerned about possible negative impact of gay marriage; after all, it is newer than the cell phone. Many of them are also seem afraid that acting now would be acting too soon; maybe they'll wait until the polls say 60% of Americans back gay marriage. Many of them seem far too concerned about plaintiffs' standing; maybe they'll just "punt".

    Too frequently too few seemed to be concerned with the Constitution, even if Scalia wanted to know the exact day and time that prohibiting gay marriage became unconstitutional.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Apr 06, 2013 8:58 PM GMT
    justin_pal saidMany of them seemed far more concerned about possible negative impact of gay marriage; after all, it is newer than the cell phone.


    Dereliction of duty.

    Gratifying to see Americans increasingly understand basic concepts of freedom, equality, and civil rights even if our washed-up Supreme Court doesn't.