Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Pew Research Center Survey Indicates Only 48 Percent Of Americans Oppose Gay Marriage, The Smallest Plurality In 15 Years Of Polling

Support for gay marriage continues to grow

Americans are starting to wear down under the incessant barrage of pro-gay propaganda. For the first time in 15 years of Pew Research Center polling, fewer than half of Americans oppose same-sex marriage, although the opposition still outnumbers supporters. The latest survey shows 48 percent oppose gay marriage, while 42 percent support it. Additional demographic breakdowns indicate that while an older Protestant Black man with a high school diploma living in the South is most likely to oppose gay marriage, a younger Jewish woman with an advanced degree living in the Northeast is most likely to support it. Read the full Pew report HERE; CNN story HERE.

Opinion varies according to age, sex, religion, race, and section of the country. The findings:

-- Older people much more opposed to gay marriage than younger people.
-- Men more opposed to gay marriage than women.
-- Blacks significantly more opposed to gay marriage than the other races.
-- Jews overwhelmingly supportive of gay marriage (76 percent).
-- Democrats much more supportive of gay marriage than Republicans.
-- College grads much more supportive of gay marriage than high school grads.
-- Northeast most supportive, South most opposed.
-- Catholics more supportive of gay marriage than Protestants, but there's a distinct split between White Mainline Protestants who support it vs. White Evangelical Protestants who overwhelmingly oppose it. Black Protestants also oppose gay marriage.

But the same poll indicates that gay marriage will be on the back burner with most respondents. Only 32 percent say same-sex marriage will be very important to their vote, while 90 percent say the economy is most important.

Unfortunately, support for gay marriage is likely to increase as the gay rights lobbies continue to play the "equality" card, the "safety" card, and, most despicably, the "suicide" card. Gay activists are milking this latest outbreak of gay suicides for all they're worth, particularly the Tyler Clementi suicide. They're well on their way towards transforming Clementi into another Matthew Shepard-type icon. Now Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) intends to introduce a bill that will require colleges and universities who are recipients of federal funds to adopt a code of conduct that prohibits harassment and bullying. Leave it to a Democrat to grow government once again.

Meanwhile, a Christian group is retreating from the fight against homofascism. Exodus International announced it will no longer sponsor the annual Day of Truth, originally conceived to counter the annual pro-gay Day of Silence. "All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they'd like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not," said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International. Chambers claims the group has not changed its position on homosexuality, but has reevaluated how best to communicate its message. In contrast, Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family, says her group will continue to support the Day of Truth.

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