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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Marriage views all about age, region

Chicago Sun-Times
May 21, 2009

Younger Americans, more eclectic in their views on social issues and more likely to have friends or family members who are openly gay, are more tolerant of same-sex couples than their parents or grandparents and appear to be more interested in compromise. Over the last 22 years, attitudes about gay rights have changed significantly, especially among the religious, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. [Link]

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Generations Reshape Marriage Equality Debate

USA Today
May 21, 2009
Trends suggest the debate over marriage equality could fade in the not-too-distant future. The states where marriage of gay couples is more tolerated are passing laws allowing it. Younger Americans, more eclectic in their views on social issues and more likely to have friends or family members who are openly gay, are more tolerant of same-sex couples than their parents or grandparents and appear to be more interested in compromise. [link]

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Poll: New York Split On Marriage Equality

MSNBC
May 14, 2009

A new Quinnipiac University poll suggests that New York residents are split on the issue of marriage for gay couples with 46% in support and 46% in opposition. Support for marriage equality has risen since the last Quinnipiac poll in 2004, when only 37% of New York residents were in support. [Link]

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ABC News-Washington Post Poll: 49 Percent Support Marriage Equality, New High

ABC
April 30, 2009

The surprise is that the shift has occurred across ideological groups. While conservatives are least apt to favor gay marriage, they've gone from 10 percent support in 2004 to 19 percent in 2006 and 30 percent now -- overall a 20-point, threefold increase, alongside a 13-point gain among liberals and 14 points among moderates. (Politically, support for the freedom to marry has risen sharply among Democrats and independents alike, while far more slightly among Republicans.) [Link]

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Majority of NH Voters Support Marriage Equality

Blue Hampshire
April 28, 2009

A poll released today by New Hampshire Freedom to Marry shows that 55% of New Hampshire Voters support marriage for lesbian and gay couples, while 39% are opposed. The poll, conducted by UNH Survey Center, surveyed 491 New Hampshire voters from April 13 through the 22. [Link]

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Field Poll Finds Voters Still Split on Marriage

San Francisco Chronicle
March 10, 2009
The Field Poll found 48 percent of Calif. voters would support a constitutional amendment that would allow marriage equality in the state, with 47 percent opposed and 5 percent undecided. The poll suggests that voter turnout "could be the deciding factor in an upcoming amendment to allow same-sex couples to marry." [Link]

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Religiosity and Perceived Intolerance of Gays and Lesbians

Gallup
March 10, 2009
While many religious institutions have historically frowned upon same-sex relationships, a global view of religiosity and perceived intolerance toward gays and lesbians suggests that the robust association between religiosity and intolerance toward gays and lesbians does vary somewhat from religion to religion. [Link]

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Poll: Majority of NJ voters support marriage equality

Newsday
February 19, 2009
A Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll released Wednesday found that 48 percent of registered N.J. voters support full marriage equality for gay couples. [Link]

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A ‘Gay Marriage’ Surge

Newsweek
December 6, 2008
"One reason that tolerance for gay marriage and civil unions may be on the rise is that a growing number of Americans say they know someone who's gay. While in 1994, a NEWSWEEK Poll found that only 53 percent of those questioned knew a gay or lesbian person, that figure today is 78 percent. Drilling down a bit more, 38 percent of adults work with someone gay, 33 percent have a gay family member and 66 percent have a gay friend or acquaintance." [Link]

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