New Poll:  LA Voters Overwhelmingly Support Freedomt to Marry

LA Times
June 19, 2009
A new poll showed a majority of voters in Los Angeles support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry, with 56% in favor and 37% opposed. But the poll also showed that within the city, views on the issue differed widely among racial and ethnic groups. [link]

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California marriage equality fight goes to Chinatown

Reuters
June 18, 2009

Lost in the 2009 election wreckage for gays was the marriage campaign's relative success in Asian communities, which have swung toward support of the freedom to marry at a faster rate than the rest of California and have become a model for other groups.

Asian Americans have been building grass-roots support in Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Filipinotown for four years. Gays, lesbians and straight allies have talked about the often-taboo topic of homosexuality, set up booths at festivals, harangued non-English language media to change coverage and lobbied elected officials for support. (Link)

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Study shows Australians support the freedom to marry

Australian Associated Press
June 16, 2009
A new survey has shown 60 per cent of Australians support marriage equality. And 58 per cent believed Australia should also recognize the marriages of immigrating same-sex couples who'd tied the knot overseas. Support for gay marriage was strongest among Australians aged 16 to 24, with 74 per cent in favour compared with 45 per cent for those aged over 50. Australian Greens leader Bob Brown, who is openly gay, used the survey results to urge the Rudd Government to offer same-sex couples more than civil unions. [Link]

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Marriage Equality: A Tipping Point?

columbia.edu
June 11, 2009
Jeff Lax and Justin Phillips have used statistical analysis to estimate attitudes toward marriage equality state-by-state. They used national opinion polls from 1994 through 2009 and analyzed several different opinion questions on gay rights. They found, among other things, that approximately as much change has occurred in attitudes toward marriage equality in the last four years as in the previous eight, and that states with higher levels of early support changed the most - possibly due to more gay people being "out" and visible in those states. [Link]

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NY1 Poll: More NYers Side With Gov On Marriage Equality

NY1 News
June 9, 2009
New York Governor David Paterson supports legalizing the freedom to marry, and more New Yorkers are siding with the governor compared to a year ago. When New Yorkers were asked to name the single best thing Paterson has done since becoming governor, his marriage equality bill topped the list. "I'm very proud that we have a governor who is in the forefront of history and he's on camera championing this cause that is long overdue," said one poll respondent. [Link]

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Michigan voters shifting views on gay couples

Detroit Free Press
June 7, 2009
In what Glengariff Group pollster Richard Czuba describes as a seismic shift in public opinion, support for gay marriage has nearly doubled in Michigan since a similar poll in 2004. "Marriage equality is now where civil unions were five years ago," Czuba said. [Link]

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Knowing Someone Gay/Lesbian and Talking with Him/Her Affects Views of Gay Issues

Gallup.com
May 29, 2009
The Gallup Poll data show conclusively that many views toward gay and lesbian issues are related -- in some instances, strongly so -- to personal experience with individuals who are gay or lesbian. There are two plausible explanations for this relationship. One is that exposure to gays and lesbians leads to greater acceptance, regardless of one's ideological leanings. [link]

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Poll: Majority of RI Voters Favor Marriage Equality Law

Associated Press
May 27, 2009
A Brown University poll showed 60 percent of registered voters in the state said they would support a law allowing gay couples to marry, and 75 percent said they would support a law allowing civil unions. Thirty-one percent said they would oppose a marriage law. [link]

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BLOG: Hispanics Back Marriage Equality at Same Rates as Whites

FiveThirtyEight
May 26, 2009

Nate Silver blogs about several national and state polls that indicate that support for marriage equality among Hispanic voters is relatively similar to support among white voters. [Link]

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The Way We Live Now:  Queer Developments

New York Times
May 21, 2009
When historians look back on the culture clashes of the 1990s, perhaps the closest thing they will find to a political trendsetter is an oddball like Jesse Ventura, who supported the freedom to marry then and embodied the enlightened libertarianism that would ultimately enable many Americans to accept a once unthinkable idea. History will record that neither then nor later was there a national party he could call his own. [link]

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