Oregon Group Considers Showdown Over State’s Anti-Marriage Law

In 2004, Oregon voters approved Measure 36, a constitutional amendment  which defines marriage “as the union of one man and one woman.”  Basic Rights Oregon’s board of directors will soon vote on whether or not it’s time to take the unjust law head on at the ballot box.

Jeana Frazzini, the group’s executive director tells the registrar-guard, “the decision to go to the ballot will be based on a number of factors, including final polling numbers the organization collects, surveys of its supporter base, and an assessment of the anticipated political environment next November.”

“Since 2009, we’ve engaged Oregonians in a discussion about the freedom to marry,” Frazzini told the newspaper in a recent interview. “Whereas voters had previously only seen the two sides yelling in the middle of a political fight, we were more focused on having a calm discussion … and we’ve seen tremendous progress.”

Nationally, the landscape on marriage equality has changed. Recent polls conducted earlier this year give marriage equality backers a slight edge with at least one reporting that 55 percent of Americans now favor same gender marraige.

Frazzini says, “the organization will only proceed if indicators give them a good chance of success. “

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Everybody Panic! Washington State Fundy Poll Finds Rise In Support For Same Gender Marriage

The end of the Evergreen State is surely near! A new poll by the facist Faith and Freedom Network finds that at least one state in the Northwest is catching up to the rest of the nation when it comes to marriage equality.

On Top Magazine reports, “less than half (48%) of the 408 registered voters contacted by Elway Research answered “no” when asked, “Do you support legalizing homosexual marriage in Washington state?” Forty-four percent answered “yes.”

Don’t worry though, fascism has a way of ignoring reality.  In this case it’s the old yawner of telling Washingtonians that they’re all being brainwashed. (Most of us call it being educated, but hey, you’ve got to learn to phrase things just right these days.)

“Gary Randall, president of the Faith and Freedom, dismissed the slight decrease in opposition indicated in the poll.

“There’s a constant erosion of traditional principles and values by education and the media,” he told the paper. “Kids are being indoctrinated in school and bullied into accepting homosexuality.”

Nationwide polls show a narrow majority (up to 53%) of Americans support marriage equality.

Josh Friedes, director of marriage equality for Equal Rights Washington, tells the Seattle Times,“For the first time, polls in Washington are showing a majority support for marriage equality, and even the opposition can’t muster a poll that shows they have a majority,”

Support for marriage equality in U.S. remains steady

Despite the trampling of the Constitution that occurred in North Carolina this week,  a new Associated Press poll shows that nationally marriage equality continues to maintain its slight majority of support.

According to the poll conducted this summer by the AP and the National Constitution Center,  “Fifty-three percent of the 1,000 adults surveyed believe the government should give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex”.  That’s about the same as this time last year.  Forty-four percent remained opposed.

Nearly 57 percent of those polled say same-sex couples should be entitled to the same legal benefits as married couples of the opposite sex. Only 44 percent disagreed.

The news isn’t all positive, however.  “About half of the poll’s respondents, 48 percent, said they would favor an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.”,  reports Time Magazine, “55 percent — believe the issue should be handled at the state level.”

One other point of interest.  Those opposed to marriage equality seem to take the matter more seriously then those who support it.  “Forty-four percent of those polled called it extremely or very important for them personally. Among those who favor legal marriage for gay couples,  only 32 percent viewed the issue as that important.”

Poll: Support for equality grows amoung young evangelical Christians

A survey published last month by the Public  Religion Research Institute shows that out of  3000 participants identifying themselves as “evangelical Christians”, “more than 62 percent of Millennials favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, 69% favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children, 71% favor civil unions, and 79% favor employment discrimination protections for gay and lesbian people.”

The support, however,  dips sharply among older demographics. “Among seniors, only about 1-in-3 favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry (31%) or favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children (36%). A majority of seniors favor civil unions (51%) and employment discrimination protections for gay and lesbian people (58%), but support lags significantly behind Millennials and the general population.”

Despite the age gap, the poll also shows an increase in support for same gender marriage among those identifying themselves as “conservatives.”

Robert P. Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute tells Bruce Nolan of The Times-Picayune  “This is the first year that support for allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry is not a minority position.”

Read the full report here.

 

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