der Hexer longtime WWP Member (derhexer@...
) URL to an interesting article in USA Today
The times they are a'changin. Get used to it, ffolks
(I reject your reality and substitute my own)
First few paragraphs
"Susan Page, USA TODAYShare
Kathy Kane, left, and Mary Kane embrace after exchanging vows during a
mass wedding ceremony for gay couples in Farmingdale, N.Y., on July 26, 2011,
just days after same-sex marriage became legal in the state. (Photo: Steve
Pfost, Newsday, via AP)
* Gays say they are generally open with others about their sexual
* Significant opposition remains: 46% oppose gay marriage
* The only region with majority opposition is the South
5:02PM EST December 5. 2012 - In the wake of historic victories for
gay-rights supporters in last month's elections, a pair of USA TODAY/Gallup Polls
find growing acceptance among Americans toward gay men and lesbians — and
soaring optimism among gay Americans that issues involving homosexuality
will one day no longer divide the nation.
In a survey of respondents who identified themselves as lesbian, gay,
bisexual or transgender, three of four say they are generally open with others
about their sexual orientation. More than nine of 10 say people in their
community have become more accepting in recent years.
MORE: _Gay-marriage support strongest on coasts_
That feeling is ratified in a nationwide USA TODAY poll of all Americans
that finds broad acceptance of economic rights for same-sex couples and
majority support for gay marriage and adoption. A 51% majority predict that at
some point, the country will reach a general agreement on such issues.
The changes echo times when attitudes toward African Americans and women
were in flux, scholars say. With young adults by far the most tolerant of
homosexuality — among those 18 to 29 years old, 73% support same-sex marriage —
the trend seems more likely to accelerate than reverse.
More than a third of Americans surveyed say their views have changed
significantly over time toward gay marriage, an issue being battled in states
across the country and before the Supreme Court. The high court could announce
as early as Friday whether it will accept cases challenging California's
Proposition 8 and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal
programs from recognizing same-sex marriages.
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"They have changed from 'this is appalling' to, you know, 'what is wrong
with that idea?'" said Mary Ann Schmertz, 82, a real estate agent in
Wilkinsburg, Pa., describing her own views on the issue. In a follow-up interview
after she was polled, she noted that her next-door neighbors are a gay
couple. "Why should they be discriminated against?" she said. "They're paying
taxes. They're leading decent lives."
To be sure, significant opposition remains. While 53% support gay marriage,
46% oppose it. A third would go further: They say gay or lesbian relations
between consenting adults should be illegal.
Lance Crawford, 29, a loan officer in Andover, Minn., could accept the idea
of some benefits for gay couples, but he draws the line at the institution
of marriage. "I don't agree with it based on science reasons alone," he
says, calling homosexuality unnatural. "It just opens the door for even more
things in the future" that could undermine the country's morality.
He sees a sharper edge in the national debate. "It seems like people who
are for it are more outspoken about it, and people who are against it feel
stronger and stronger about that," he says.
Since 1998, voters in 30 states have approved constitutional amendments
that define marriage as between a man and a woman, and eight other states have
enacted statutes barring gay marriage. Nine states and the District of
Columbia have moved to legalize same-sex marriages.
Since the issue was engaged in earnest less than two decades ago, public
opinion has been reshaped. In 1996, a Gallup Poll found Americans opposing
same-sex marriage by an overwhelming 68%-27%. Now, an analysis of aggregated
polls over the past decade shows movement toward support in every age group
and every region.
In the new survey, the only age group in which a majority opposes same-sex
marriage are those 65 and older, and the only region with majority
opposition is the South.
Last month's elections may have marked a turning point. Maine, Maryland and
Washington became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular
vote. A fourth state, Minnesota, defeated a proposed constitutional
amendment that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman.