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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The Alamo is Burning

Posted by Tim Tagaris

No real election news here, save the fact that one of the most predictable Republican positions of desperation is going up in smoke.

Pew Research Center/Pew Forum on Religion: July 13-17, 2005. N=1,502 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

"Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into legal agreements with each other that would give them many of the same rights as married couples?"

Favor: 53% (48)
Oppose: 40% (45)
Unsure: 7% (7)
For the first time in the tracking of this data by Pew, the side of sanity and common sense has taken a double digit lead. I am sure I speak for many when I talk about the viceral reaction I get watching Republicans outclassed and outissued retreat with haste to hate and fear mongering based on sexual orientation. When I saw Jean Schmidt debate Paul Hackett live, I watched with disdain as she emphasized the fact that "SHE IS AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE."

And that's great, cause that position is losing traction as well:

"Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

Favor: 36% (32)
Oppose: 53% (61)
Unsure: 11% (7)

Without the cultural wedge issues, they will have nothing to run on in 2008 when people are forced to ask themselves to the tired question, "Are we/you better off now than eight years ago?"

Posted at 11:59 PM in General | Technorati


While that's good news, I don't see the tide turning as yet.

This issue still needs to be hammered away at.

There is nothing extraordinary about ordinary equality.

Posted by: boadicea [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 10, 2005 11:54 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment