Monday, February 23, 2004

UPDATE: Clearing Things Up
OpinionJournal - John Fund on the Trail: "Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the first openly gay member of Congress, says he warned Mayor Newsom that his stunt would fail legally and would also force more-mainstream politicians to support a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. He is aware there has been a backlash since the Massachusetts court decision, and San Francisco's civil disobedience may accelerate that. A December poll by CBS and the New York Times found that 61% of Americans opposed gay marriage, up from 55% in July. Opposition to gay rights was the highest since the survey began asking the question in 1992. "

Where have we heard this before? (Hint: scroll down). Also, read the whole thing.

"Support for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage is surprisingly uniform across demographic and regional categories. A Zogby poll last week found that 52% of voters in states that voted for George W. Bush in 2000 backed such an amendment. But so did 50% of voters in Al Gore states. A Newsweek poll this month found that 36% of Democrats strongly supported a constitutional amendment."

I should add: 'and those numbers are growing.' I repeat my appeal to the gay community to chill out for the time-being. You've got numbers in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage hovering right around 50% everywhere in the country. That makes finding 38 states willing to vote over 50% in favor of the amendment much simpler.

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