new poll results

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    May 05, 2009 12:18 PM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/05/04/samesex.marriage.poll/?iref=mpstoryview

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new national poll suggests a majority of Americans oppose legalizing same-sex marriages, but the survey indicates a vast generational divide on the issue.
    Fifty-four percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday say marriages between gay or lesbian couples should not be recognized as valid, with 44 percent suggesting they should be considered legal.
    But among those 18 to 34 years old, 58 percent said same-sex marriages should be legal. That number drops to 42 percent among respondents aged 35 to 49, and to 41 percent for those aged 50 to 64. Only 24 percent of Americans 65 and older support recognizing same-sex marriages, according to the poll.
    Three states -- Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa -- currently allow same-sex marriages. A law passed by Vermont legislators that makes gay and lesbian marriages legal takes affect in September. New Hampshire lawmakers are close to passing a similar bill.
    "It's not surprising that three Northeastern states are the first to take this step," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland, referring to Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. "A majority of people who live in the Northeast say they approve of same-sex marriage. Solid majorities in the South, Midwest and West all oppose gay marriage."
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    May 05, 2009 1:57 PM GMT


    You know, we think the following quote explains the problems the US has been facing with this human rights issue.

    "On Wednesday, March 1st, 2006, in Annapolis at a hearing on the proposed
    Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor of
    law at American University, was requested to testify.
    At the end of his testimony, Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs said: 'Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?'
    Raskin replied: 'Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed
    your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution.
    You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the
    Bible.'
    The room erupted into applause.
    -- Jamie Raskin"
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    May 05, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    You know, we think the following quote explains the problems the US has been facing with this human rights issue.
    ....

    Raskin replied: 'Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed
    your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution.
    You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the
    Bible.'
    The room erupted into applause.
    -- Jamie Raskin"


    Oh, when I heard about this that day I just almost pissed myself. It was great. And yes, it does best describe our current crises in the US on more than just the Gay Rights front.

    Also, having lived in the South, Midwest, and West the poll and events of these regions don't surprise me at all. People thought California was in the bag just because of Hollywood and a mass amount of liberals. HOWEVER, what many neglected was what I've labeled the "Evangelical Trail." You see, California is an emigrant state. Midwest Evangelicals have been moving in by the hundreds each week or so and converting/brainwashing people left and right to believe in the Jerry Falwell/Pat Robertson agenda.

    And of course, there are tons of Mexican Catholics that move in regularly as well. While Catholics are more in line with Gay Rights, they're less tolerant of abortion and some other social issues. The next Dems to run for Governor and Senate will have quite the battle ahead of them. California is turning Republican Conservative more and more and it's just a matter of time before it's a stronghold.
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    May 05, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    meninlove said

    You know, we think the following quote explains the problems the US has been facing with this human rights issue.

    "On Wednesday, March 1st, 2006, in Annapolis at a hearing on the proposed
    Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin, professor of
    law at American University, was requested to testify.
    At the end of his testimony, Republican Senator Nancy Jacobs said: 'Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?'
    Raskin replied: 'Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed
    your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution.
    You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the
    Bible.'
    The room erupted into applause.
    -- Jamie Raskin"


    That is awesome.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 05, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    You have to be careful regarding all these polls because they only take a relatively small sampling of the population and people's moods and attitudes can be more unpredictable than the weather. So I do not put a lot of faith in these polls because opinions fluctuate so wildly in this country.
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    May 05, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    I hate polls; they can misleading. I'd have to see their statistical data and methods before believing this study.

    One thing is certain though--in five years more people will be in support of gay marriage. Hell in five days more people will be in support of gay marriage. The other side has already lost--it is only a matter of time.
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    May 05, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    They needed a poll to tell us this?