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Gay Marriage Still Splits The US, Although Majority In Favor

49% Support

46% Opposed

Now here's the most amazing -- WHITE CATHOLICS IN FAVOR OF GAY MARRIAGE:

49% Support

43% Opposed

by Anonymousreply 1304/12/2013

Doesn't "amaze" me at all. The Catholic Church taught their people to vote for social justice on every other issue under the sun and now can't understand why they refuse to make an exception for gay rights.

by Anonymousreply 112/05/2012

R1 is right. All the Catholics that I know support marriage equality.

by Anonymousreply 212/05/2012

Gay marriage is really a conservative thing, you know? Not like gay liberation. Like acting like THEY act. So of course, the Catholic masses will eventually approve.

But we will no longer be special.

by Anonymousreply 412/05/2012

[quote]49 percent is a minority, not the majority. You must have over 50.0 percent to be a majority.

And since you delight in making that point, you get F&f!

by Anonymousreply 512/05/2012

Don't confuse the Catholic church with Catholics.

by Anonymousreply 612/05/2012

[quote]49 percent is a minority, not the majority. You must have over 50.0 percent to be a majority.

No.

by Anonymousreply 712/05/2012

OP you must have accidentally pressed "9"? The article says that 48% support same-sex marrage while 46% are opposed. NOW, what is in fact amazing (IMO) is the fact that those numbers have drastically changed since 2008 where 55% opposed same-sex marriage while only 33% supported it. Even more amazing is the fact that Hispanic voters in this particular poll were at 61% in support of same-sex marriage. White voters were evenly split 47 to 47; Black voters are still slightly more opposed with 45% to 43% in support.

by Anonymousreply 812/06/2012

[quote]And since you delight in making that point, you get F&f!

Just because the guy made a mistake is no reason to report him to the webmaster with a Flames & Freaks flag. Anyone who is nasty enough to do that is the ignorant jackass who really deserves the F&F. Looking at you r5.

by Anonymousreply 912/06/2012

Wrong, R3.

48%, in this instance, is either a plurality or a relative majority.

It is NOT, however, a minority.

by Anonymousreply 1012/06/2012

Support for gay marriage grows, but so too does its opposition Emma Margolin 12:01 AM on 04/12/2013

A large majority of Americans believes the federal government should dictate marriage laws, not the states. Don’t celebrate marriage equality just yet. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds the issue may have gained just as many enemies as it has friends. While support for same-sex marriage grew from 51% in December to 53% four months later, the April poll also revealed that opposition jumped by the same percentage–from 40% to 42%–in large part because of growing Republican resistance: 66% of GOPers said they were against gay marriage, up three points from December. In the weeks following the Supreme Court’s hearing on two gay marriage cases, the poll also found that a large majority of Americans believe the federal government–not the states–should dictate marriage laws: 56% said there should be a federal standard defining marriage, while only 38% said the question should be left up to the states. Additionally, a majority of Americans–63%–said they believe the federal government should recognize gay marriages performed in states that have already made it legal. The intersection of states rights with same-sex marriage was at the core of two Supreme Court cases heard at the end of last month: one challenged Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage; and the other challenged the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages. At issue in the case of Prop 8, which was enacted by voter referendum in 2008, is whether states have the constitutional right to ban gay marriages, or if as President Obama said last month, “there’s no good reason” to discriminate against same-sex couples, “a class that deserves heightened scrutiny.” In the case of DOMA, the central question is whether the federal government tramples on states’ rights by not recognizing same-sex marriages in states where voters have made them legal. Decisions on both cases are expected in June. And while DOMA may be doomed, analysts have suggested that it is unlikely that the court will issue a broad ruling striking down all state bans on gay marriage. Such a ruling could energize the opposition, which (as the NBC/WSJ poll points out) is already on the rise. Other interesting findings from the poll reflect cultural changes in the way society views gay people. Of those polled, 79% said they personally know or work with someone who is gay, and 53% said they knew a gay couple in a long-term relationship. And more Americans believe that people are born gay, not that they choose to be gay: 50% said gay people are born that way–up from 41% in 1998–while only 31% said individuals choose to be gay–down from 38% fifteen years ago. Not surprisingly, most of the people who support same-sex marriage believe people are born gay, while a majority of those who oppose it believe being gay is a choice. The poll also showed that as the country moves toward embracing tolerance as a top goal for society, GOP voters are headed in the opposite direction. The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted among 1,000 adults from April 5-8, and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points

by Anonymousreply 1104/12/2013

The USA is a country of Jesus freaks with nukes.

by Anonymousreply 1204/12/2013

Well, all we need is 50% plus one to undo anti-gay amendments in states. The direction of the country is obvious, and in many places, these amendments only passed by a "majority" of 51-53%.

by Anonymousreply 1304/12/2013
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