Majorities polled in D.C. back gay marriage

  • metta

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    Feb 08, 2010 5:03 PM GMT


    Majorities polled in D.C. back gay marriage


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/06/AR2010020602300.html?hpid=sec-metro&sid=ST2010020603419


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    The broad support for same-sex marriage in the District's white community cuts across cultural lines that divide opinions on the matter nationally. Regular white churchgoers nationwide generally oppose same-sex marriage, but two-thirds of whites in the District who attend services monthly or more often support same-sex marriage.

    African Americans tilt against same-sex marriage. Thirty-seven percent of black residents back legal same-sex marriage. A slim majority opposes it, and the bulk of opponents say they feel that way strongly.

    But some divisions are evident in the local black community on this issue, with sharp divides by church attendance and education.

    One in five African Americans who attend church services weekly favor same-sex marriage, and support rises to 47 percent among those who attend less often. A narrow majority of black college graduates supports gay marriage, compared with about a third of African Americans with less formal education.

    The poll indicates that council members Marion Barry (D-Ward icon_cool.gif and Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) were representing their constituents' views when they became the only two members to vote against the same-sex marriage bill.


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    Feb 08, 2010 5:11 PM GMT
    I never thought I'd live to see the day when same-sex marriage would be anything but the punch-line to a tasteless joke, let alone a reality anywhere (I'm legally married to my husband, in California). There is a seismic paradigm shift happening in this country (the US) and I'm very glad to see it.

    However, it does break my heart to see black folk exhibiting their religion-based bigotry and ignorance on such a consistent basis.
  • DCEric

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    Feb 08, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    JohnnieRayRousseau said
    However, it does break my heart to see black folk exhibiting their religion-based bigotry and ignorance on such a consistent basis.


    To a certain extent I understand why that is happening. The black church was so important in the Civil Rights Movement, and because of how much good it did, it has earned itself unquestionable authority in the community. That's not a good thing, but it makes sense to me.
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    Feb 08, 2010 5:33 PM GMT
    I don't find it hard to believe at all...

    This mentality is the main reason the DL (Homo Thugs) is an issue within African American communities. As long as ppl view being homosexual as an weakness and ultimately a sin and wrong, it's not going to change.

    The love message that should be in Christianity gets forgotten and ppl use it to one up each other... sucks it really sucks
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    Feb 08, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    I'm guessing that you'd find a similar bias among church goers of any race. Perhaps not as dramatic as in the black population, but, perhaps even more so. Education and religion are big factors period.