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Maggie Gallagher Says Duck Dynasty Is Responsible For Dip in Public Support for Gay Marriage

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In a new post over at the National Review, NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher offers her take on the recent Pew poll that found a 5-point dip in public support for gay marriage (49%).

Writes Gallagher: 

It may well be an outlier, but here is why I suspect not:

White Evangelical support for gay marriage dropped 4 percentage points, from 22 percent to 18 percent; Catholic support dropped 9 percentage points, from 61 percent to 52 percent. (White mainline Protestant opinion was virtually unchanged, rising from 56 percent support to 57 percent support.) Unaffiliated support for gay marriage continued its rise — from 71 percent to 76 percent in just one year.

But something happened over the last year to give traditional Christians second thoughts about what gay marriage would mean. What could that be?

RobertsonThe most likely candidate is A&E’s decision to suspend Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, after he expressed, rather colorfully, rather standard orthodox Christian views on gay sex.

The Duck Dynasty incident was not, of course, alone. In the spring of 2014, 65,000 people signed their names to a petition stating that Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich must either recant his opposition to gay marriage or be fired. The firestorm caused him to step down. The Eich case is salient for gay-marriage opponents because he had done nothing to deserve a public tarring and feathering except contribute once to the Prop 8 campaign in California. 

Gallagher goes on to point out that a similar drop in support occured back in 2009 in response to the backlash against Miss California Carrie Prejean after she stated her opposition to marriage equality


New Poll Shows More Support for Mixing Religion and Politics, Less Support for Gay Marriage

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A new Pew Research Center poll has some surprising findings about the American public's attitude on religion, politics, and homosexuality.

Among the poll's findings - nearly three-quarters of the public (72%) now thinking religion is losing its influence on American life and 56% of the public sees this development as a "bad thing."

Pew reports:

The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues is up 6 points since the 2010 midterm elections (from 43% to 49%). The share who say there has been “too little” expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders is up modestly over the same period (from 37% to 41%). And a growing minority of Americans (32%) think churches should endorse candidates for political office, though most continue to oppose such direct involvement by churches in electoral politics.

At the same time, the poll also found a decrease in support for gay marriage and an uptick in the percent of the public who considers homosexuality a "sin."

PollIt finds a slight drop in support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry, with 49% of Americans in favor and 41% opposed – a 5-point dip in support from a February Pew Research poll, but about the same level as in 2013. It is too early to know if this modest decline is an anomaly or the beginning of a reversal or leveling off in attitudes toward gay marriage after years of steadily increasing public acceptance. Moreover, when the February poll and the current survey are combined, the 2014 yearly average level of support for same-sex marriage stands at 52%, roughly the same as the 2013 yearly average (50%).

The new poll also finds that fully half (50%) of the public now considers homosexuality a sin, up from 45% a year ago. And nearly half of U.S. adults think that businesses like caterers and florists should be allowed to reject same-sex couples as customers if the businesses have religious objections to serving those couples.

The poll has a number of other interesting (and disturbing) findings, including nearly a third of white evangelicals considering themselves minorities because of their religious beliefs and fewer Americans saying the Obama Administration is friendly towards religion. 

Check out the full report AFTER THE JUMP...

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Grindr Poll Accurately Predicts Scottish Independence Vote

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With neither the BBC nor any other UK media outlet paying for exit polling for the referendum on Scottish independence, there was a marked degree of uncertainty about which direction Scotland would vote during last night's vote.

News outlets and concerned citizens, however, needed only look at Tumblr user machotrout's Grindr poll to figure out that the UK would be staying intact. 

Over the past couple of days, machotraout polled several hundred Grindr users in Edinburgh whether they believed Scotland should be an independent country. 

The polls breakdown in responses:

NO: 114

YES: 101

Undecided: 24

Other opinion: 20

Indifference: 15

Evasion: 38

Bemusement: 13

Amusement: 2

Too horny to answer: 6

General rejection: 4

Did not respond: 318

machhotrout added that when only decisive opinions were taken into account, Grindr voted NO on independence 54%-46%, which is remarkably close to how the final vote went down (55.3% no -44.7% yes)

You can visit the poll HERE and check out more screen-grab images from the polling (some of the responses are quite funny) 


New Gallup Poll Looks at the Most and Least Hospitable Regions for Gays Around the World

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A new poll by Gallup finds that less than three in 10 adults across 123 countries say where they live is a "good place' for gays to live, with the highest hospitable attitude claims coming from Netherlands (83%), Iceland (82%), and Canada (80%). Nearly all of the countries where residents say their city or area is "not a good place" for gays to live were African nations.  

For the U.S. 70% of respondents said where they live was a good place for gays, 22% said not a good place, and 8% didn't know or refused to answer.  

Gallup reports:

Of the countries where three in four or more residents feel their area is hospitable to gay and lesbian people, all but Canada are in Europe, and all but Ireland (75%) have marriage equality laws. In Ireland, voters will cast their ballots on a referendum in 2015, and the country could join their European neighbors in allowing marriage equality by next year.

By contrast, in many of the countries where the residents are least likely to feel their city or area is a "good place," it is illegal to be openly gay. For example, "an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex," as Senegal's anti-gay law dictates, can be punished with up to five years in prison and fines of up to $3,000. Laws that allow for the imprisonment of gay and lesbian people are also on the books in Pakistan -- where 1% say their area is a good place for gay people to live -- Uganda (2%), Ethiopia (2%), and Afghanistan (2%).

The global average and ranking did not include data from more than a dozen countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, and Egypt because the question "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place to live for gay or lesbian people?" was itself too sensitive to ask. 

Check out the full poll HERE


Poll: Republicans Warming to Gay Candidates, Less Okay With Gay Kids or Same-Sex Marriage

A new poll released Friday shows that while the Republican Party is warming up to the idea of openly gay candidates, members are still strongly opposed to same-sex marriage and most would be upset if one of their children came out as gay. 

The Washington Post reports:

Gopnew poll from McClatchy and Marist College shows that 68 percent of Republicans say they would be no less likely to support a well-qualified gay candidate, and 59 percent say they prefer that states decide same-sex marriage rather than the federal government -- a stance that effectively is allowing such unions to take hold across the country.

At the same time, a strong majority of Republicans still personally oppose same-sex marriage (63 percent), and a similar proportion remains concerned about these issues directly affecting their family. In fact, six in 10 say they would be upset if one of their children were gay. Thirty-seven percent say they would be upset if their child told them that he or she was gay, while 23 percent say they would be "very upset." One-quarter of Republicans say they would not be upset at all.

Three in 10 Democrats and independents said they would be upset. 

The Washington Post adds that a 1985 poll for the Los Angeles Times "showed that 89 percent of Americans said they would be upset -- including 64 percent being "very upset" -- today, 35 percent say they would be upset, and only 12 percent say "very upset." 


Friday Speed Read: Montana, Gallup on Marriage, Scott Peters, Pocatello, Porterville

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service

Ben_ChaseLAWSUIT COMES TO MONTANA:

The ACLU on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court in Montana, challenging that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying. That leaves only two states (North and South Dakotas) that don’t have a federal lawsuit pending against their state ban. In the Montana suit, Rolando v. Fox, three of the four plaintiff couples have obtained marriage licenses in other states. Democratic Governor Steve Bullock issued a statement Thursday, saying, “The time has come for our state to recognize and celebrate – not discriminate against – two people who love one another, are committed to each other, and want to spend their lives together.”

SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE ‘SOLIDIFIED’:

GallupA new Gallup poll, released Wednesday, says that support for allowing same-sex couples to marry has “solidified above the majority level.” The poll of 1,028 adults nationwide between May 8 and 11 found 55 percent believe same-sex marriages should be “recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages.” Forty-two percent said “not valid.” “When Gallup first asked Americans this question about same-sex marriage in 1996, 68% were opposed to recognizing marriage between two men or two women, with slightly more than a quarter supporting it (27%),” noted the polling group. “Since then, support has steadily grown, reaching 42% by 2004 when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it -- a milestone that reached its 10th anniversary this month.”

PetersDRAWING ENDA AS THE LINE IN THE SAND:

A group of LGBT leaders in San Diego issued an open letter Wednesday, supporting a push for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and a vote for U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, the Democratic incumbent representing San Diego (Congressional District 52). Peters supports ENDA, and his openly gay Republican challenger Carl DeMaio has appeared less passionate about it. In November, according to examiner.com, DeMaio told a San Diego State University audience that he supports ENDA but doesn’t think Congress should legislate “social issues.” The May 22 letter, signed by California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria, and others states, “Those seeking to support true equality and represent our community must be leaders, and public support and advocacy for this critical civil rights legislation should be the minimum we expect.”

SMALL TOWN FRIENDLY:

Voters in Pocatello, Idaho, voted down a measure Tuesday that was aimed at ending the town’s policy against discrimination based on sexual orientation. According to the Idaho State Journal, the vote was “razor thin.” Out of 9,623 votes cast, the margin of victory was 147 votes.

SMALL TOWN BULLIES: Hamilton

The Porterville City Council meeting attracted a crowd Monday, as many members of the public showed up to express their anger at Mayor Cam Hamilton’s remark last week that child victims of bullying should just “grow a pair” rather than ask for help from the council. The Porterville Recorder said Hamilton walked during the public comment session, to do an interview with CNN. In the CNN interview, he said he wished his remarks had been a “little less colorful,” but he said a proposal to create “safe zones” in schools doesn’t help victims once they leave the safe zones. He said kids need to learn how to “stand up for themselves,” but conceded society should also stand up to bullies. “If in fact we see somebody who is being harassed or is being bullied, we as a society –be it out in the city or in the school itself – have the ability to stand up for the person who is being bullied and just tell the bully, ‘We’re not going to put up with this.’”

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