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September 20, 2010

MARRIAGE EQUALITY GAINING SUPPORT.... About a month ago, a national CNN poll asked respondents, "Do you think gays and lesbians should have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid?" A 52% majority agreed that they should -- one of the first, if not the first, national polls to offer such a result.

Now, an AP poll offers similar results.

A new AP-GfK Poll finds that 52% of Americans support the rights of same-sex couples to marry. It's the second national poll to have found majority support for gay marriage in the last two months.

In fairness, the wording of the question(s) in the AP poll wasn't quite as straightforward as the CNN poll. The first question asked, "Should couples of the same sex be entitled to the same government benefits as married couples of the opposite sex, or should the government distinguish between them?" A 58% majority said yes, same-sex couples should be entitled to the same benefits.

The second question asked, "Should the federal government give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex, or not?" Here, a 52% majority said yes.

"Legal recognition" can have different meanings, but the question also included the words "marriages between couples of the same sex."

Either way, the larger trend is unmistakable -- American attitudes on marriage equality have changed steadily for many years, and the arc is bending towards justice.

Steve Benen 10:10 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (7)

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If you watch closely now, you will observe how the previously vocal supporters of majority-rule transform themselves into equally vocal protectors of the rights and sensitivities of minorities. Shazam!

Posted by: MattF on September 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

Which means, now that they're in a minority, it's time to double down on the crazy--to save AMERICA!

Posted by: Steve Paradis on September 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

It's unfortunate that this question even has to be asked. If I were asked, I'd say, "I'm not in favor of gay marriage. I'm not against it, either. Since I don't plan on having one -- I lack the primary qualification -- it really isn't any of my business."

To the people who oppose gay marriage: Don't have one. Problem solved.

Posted by: navamske on September 20, 2010 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

To the people who oppose gay marriage: Don't have one. Problem solved.

That's easily said but perversion activists aren't going to stop with letting gay marriage go through. They want to delegitimize all normal marriage and they won't give up until only gay marriage is the norm.

If you think the U.S. is screwed up now wait until hetero marriage is considered shameful. The family unit will be destroyed. In my three previous marriages I've sired five children. Can Adam and Steve claim that record?

Posted by: Myke K on September 20, 2010 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

With Gaga behind it, it's going to blast on through sooner or later ...

Posted by: neil b. on September 20, 2010 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Of course our President is opposed to equal rights for all. It really saddens (rather than upsets) me that he has this position. If it's really his position, then it's really backwards of someone with his upbringing. If it's a crass political position, (1) he won't really get any mileage politically since people in his political party are to the left of him on this issue and (2) those who hate him will still claim that he's a big supporter of gay rights since the Obama haters don't really have a grasp on the truth.

Sad. Maybe I've been reading too much Glenn Greenwald.

Posted by: ga73 on September 20, 2010 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

yet another poll where i'd love to see the regional crosstabs....wonder what the numbers look like outside the south and the mormon zone..

Posted by: dj spellchecka on September 20, 2010 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK
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