Marriage Equality is Fading as Values Focal Point

FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right
September 20, 2009
In a straw poll at last week's Value Voters' summit sponsored by the Family Research Council, abortion ranked first among issues of concern to 41% of voters, with protection of religious liberty receiving 18% of the vote. Opposition to marriage equality was third at 7%, down from 20% in October 2007. [Link]

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Iowa Poll: 92% say marriage equality has brought no real change to their lives

Des Moines Register
September 21, 2009
A new poll by the Des Moines Register finds that Iowans are evenly divided about whether they would vote for or against a constitutional amendment to end marriage for same-sex couples, while 92% say marriage equality has brought no real change to their lives. [Link]

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Maine: Marriage Equality Race Tied Heading into November

Daily Kos
September 18, 2009
Polls in Maine are statistically deadlocked at present. There is no illusion of easy victory. If you live in Maine, register to vote early, if you live in the region, consider volunteering, and everyone else, if you can, consider contributing to the effort. If we can hold our hard-fought ground in Maine, it'll make it that much easier to fight for progress everywhere else. [Link]

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AP-NCC Poll: Majority in U.S. Support Extending “The Same Benefits Given to Married, Heterosexual Co

The Associated Press
September 15, 2009
The poll found a small majority in support of extending to same-sex couples the same benefits given to married, heterosexual couples. By an even smaller margin, however, Americans still oppose the government honoring marriages between same-sex couples. [Link]

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Iowa Election offers peek at future marriage equality votes

DesMoines Register
September 3, 2009
An anti-gay group opposed to marriage equality failed to secure a victory for Republicans in an Iowa House election this week, but the massive injection of out-of-state money on the issue foreshadows what's to come in next year's elections, political scholars said Wednesday. [Link]

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Poll Finds Growing Support for Marriage Equality or Expanded Domestic Partnership Rights in Washingt

The Seattle Times
September 2, 2009
The Washington Poll released a report Wednesday showing public support for marriage equality or domestic partnerships for gay couples in Washington state increased between 2006 and 2008. In 2008, 66 percent of registered voters said they supported marriage equality (36.7 percent) or full domestic partnerships (29.3 percent). [Link]

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Poll: Increased Support for Marriage Equality in California

The Associated Press
August 5, 2009
The Field Poll report compared Californians' attitudes on a range of social and lifestyle issues over the last 30 years. Among the biggest changes in attitude was the increasing support for the freedom to marry, now favored by 49 percent of Californians and opposed by 44 percent. In 1977, voters were opposed by a 62-to-31 percent ratio. [Link]

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NAACP chief: LGBT community needs outreach to blacks on marriage

The New York Times
July 30, 2009
Benjamin Todd Jealous, chief of the NAACP, defends the group's record on LGBT rights and offers his take on why marriage has proven a lightning rod for controversy in the black community. "If gay rights groups want to change the opinion polls in the black community, they have to invest in it," he said. [Link]

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Analysis of Polling Data Finds Growing Support for Marriage Equality

Columbia University
July 28, 2009
According to a comprehensive new analysis of public opinion surveys conducted over the last 15 years, support for the freedom to marry has grown substantially in the United States. [Link]

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Episcopal Church In Line with American Clergy on Gay and Lesbian Issues

Religion Dispatches
July 21, 2009
Despite calls from conservative Anglicans that the American Episcopal church is choosing to "walk apart" from the wider community, the numbers don't agree—at least not in America. Recent church changes regarding LGBT issues were largely responses to rapidly changing public opinion and shifts in the political landscape, and are consistent with the views of clergy from most mainline denominations. [Link]

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