Survey shatters stereotypes of same-sex duos

Mercury News
May 22, 2008
Loving and committed couples who will marry in California next month are likely to have been together for long periods of time, be raising children, and be from diverse ethnicities, according to census data. (Link)

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Getting married for health insurance

Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2008
Seven percent of Americans say they or someone in their household decided to tie the knot in the last year so they could receive healthcare benefits, a poll finds. (Link)

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Gay and Lesbian Youth Want Long-Term Couple Relationships and Raising Children

Rockway Institute
April 23, 2008
"We seem to be witnessing the mainstreaming of lesbian/gay youth, with many of them wanting exactly what heterosexual youth have always wanted - the whole American dream complete with kids and the minivan. This should not be surprising when one considers that most lesbian/gay youth also have been raised in very mainstream heterosexual families with similar values and parental models." He continued, "Although some lesbian/gay adults may prefer less conventional lives, most agree that the primary issue is whether these youth will be given the equal legal rights to realize their couple and family aspirations just like their heterosexual peers." (Link)

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Vermont panel prepares report on marriage

Rutland Herald
March 26, 2008
A legislative committee charged with hearing Vermonters' views on full civil marriage for same-sex couples will release its long-awaited report next month. Recent polls have shown increased support for marriage equality. [link]

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Poll: Majority of Vermonters Favor Marriage Equality

The Advocate
March 26, 2008
A majority of Vermont residents -- 54% -- say they favor marriage equality, according to an unofficial survey taken March 11. The results represent an 8% increase over last year, WPTZ in Montpelier reported Monday. [link]

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Majority In VT Support Changing Civil Unions To Marriage

365Gay.com
March 26, 2008
As a state commission prepares its report on whether to amend Vermont's civil union law to end the exclusion from marriage a new poll finds that the majority of people in the state believe gay and lesbian couples should have the freedom to marry. The survey was taken of people attending town meetings across the state. It found that 54% said they support marriage equality while 37% were opposed.[link]

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Staying on message brought AZ together

Equality NY
February 19, 2007
While nearly 90 percent of voters made their decisions a full two months before Election Day, the poll provided solid evidence that Arizona Together effectively targeted the remaining 10 percent of the electorate. It proved to be the critical difference. Seventy-nine percent of voters knew the amendment dealt with marriage, but 59 percent also knew it would "take away" domestic partnership benefits provided by local governments. The latter had the highest correlation with the vote. [Link]

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Poll: Young voters disenchanted with Republican party’s stance on marriage, among others

San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 2007
Young Americans have become so profoundly alienated from Republican ideals on issues including the war in Iraq, global warming, marriage for gay and lesbian couples, and illegal immigration that their defections suggest a political setback that could haunt Republicans "for many generations to come," the poll said. [link]

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Zogby Poll: New Jerseyans say change civil unions law to real marriage equality

Garden State Equality
August 16, 2007
As New Jersey marks the six-month anniversary of the civil unions law this Sunday, August 19, a new statewide Zogby Poll shows majorities of voters favoring changing the law to full marriage equality for same-sex couples. By 63% to 31%, New Jersey voters say they'd be fine with the state legislature upgrading civil unions to marriage equality. By 72% to 21%, New Jersey voters say state legislators would be in no electoral danger if they enacted marriage equality. By 61% to 29%, New Jersey voters say they expect the state to enact marriage equality within just a couple of years. [Link]

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Poll: Marriage not an issue for NH Republicans

365Gay.com
June 13, 2007
The poll asked likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, "In your opinion, which one issue is most important to your vote in the presidential primary? Which is next most important? What is the third most important?" It found that the war in Iraq topped the list at 36 percent, followed by illegal immigration at 11 percent and then the economy at 9 percent. Marriage for gay and lesbian couples was 17th on the list with the number of replies too low to measure. [link]

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