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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gay Marriage Has Gone Mainstream

Posted by on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

In a poll billed as the "first public opinion poll of 2013 on marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples," a majority of Americans—"91% of Democrats, 75% of Independents, and 56% of Republican voters"—believe that gay marriage is a Constitutional right. I think this second part of the poll is even more exciting than that:

With nine states now allowing same-sex couples to legally marry and more moving in that direction, voters almost universally believe that it will be legal nationally in the next five to ten years (83%), and 77% believe that it will be legal nationally “in the next couple of years” – regardless of their personal opinion on the issue. This represents a sizeable increase since 2011 when 72% believed it would happen in the next five to ten years, and 67% believed it would happen in “the next couple of years.” While Democratic voters feel most strongly (82% believe it will happen in the next couple years), huge margins of Independents and Republicans feel the same way (73% and 70% respectively).

This is exciting stuff. Go read all the heartening poll results.


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Will in Seattle 1
Because, Freedom.
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM · Report this
Chefgirl 2
I just watched all five series of Six Feet Under for the first time and then I watched the episodes again with commentary. The main storylines ended with the show in 2005 but (SPOILER ALERT) in the finale, in a flash-forward, the series’ gay couple gets married in a beautiful outdoor wedding. Their adopted sons are ring bearers and the entire family is shown sitting on folding chairs in the field, beaming with joy. Writer/Director/creator, Alan Ball, did the commentary for this final episode. He said he set the scene specifically in 2009 as he felt sure that Californians would have legal same-sex marriage by then. Sigh. But, soon!…
Posted by Chefgirl on February 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
It is inevitable. It is your destiny.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on February 19, 2013 at 8:09 PM · Report this
Will it become legal nationally some day? Absolutely. Will it become legal nationally in the next few years? Absolutely not. Even the next 10 years seems doubtful.

DOMA will be overturned, hopefully very soon. This will lead to federal recognition of marriage rights. However that won't make it "legal nationally", it just throws it to the states and makes the federal government officially neutral. Alabama isn't getting gay marriage anytime soon. We're going to have to wait a long time for the next Loving vs. Virginia. For that the court will need a broad national consensus that this particular type of marriage is acceptable and bans on it are immoral and unconstitutional, which will allow it to force the (southern, as always) states to join modernity against their will. Could that happen within 10 years? Maybe, but I wouldn't call it a slam dunk.
Posted by Lynx on February 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM · Report this
Rob in Baltimore 5
NOM, FRC, AFA, etc are shoveling sand against the tide. The sand castle, and the kingdom of homophobia they have built doesn't stand a chance.
Posted by Rob in Baltimore on February 20, 2013 at 6:46 AM · Report this

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