New survey shows rising support for civil unions - Yahoo! News

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    Oct 09, 2009 10:00 PM GMT
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091009/ap_on_re_us/us_gay_marriage_poll
  • Anto

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    Oct 10, 2009 10:37 AM GMT
    That's not good news to me. Did you know that interracial marriages were not accepted by popular opinion until the early 1990's? When did interracial marriages become legal across the united states? 1967. How many marriages were interracial, less than 2%, if even that?

    I hate how people talk about public opinion in regard to gay marriage. If we get gay marriage because the majority supports it then civil rights will not have been advanced at all and what will have been set is a precedent that says it's ok for the majority to decide human equality for the minority.

    Nobody should be happy with civil unions or popular support for gay marriage. It has to be handled as a fundamental human right, no compromises, no exceptions.
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    Oct 10, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
    Is evolution less valid when it happens slowly & naturally as the world turns or suddenly when life's hand is forced by meteor strike?

    In terms of human rights it does matter how it happens. In fact I would argue that the 'means' is more important than the 'ends' in regard to human rights and equality.
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    Oct 11, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    Doesn't that reflect a rise in people using the argument against gay marriage by saying "I don't want the government to redefine my marriage"?

    Civil unions: you can ride the bus, but only stand in the back of the bus.
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    Oct 11, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    There might be support for civil unions among the general population but is there a lot of support among likely voters? The 'general population' and 'likely voters' is usually two different things.