Friday, May 13, 2011

Minnesota Poll: 55% oppose ban on gay marriage

Gay marriage is fast becoming a non-issue for most people in Minnesota. This has got to be a big disappointment for the Republican Party, which has cruelly milked this issue for all it was worth for years:

A majority of Minnesotans oppose amending the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they oppose adding such an amendment while 39 percent favor a constitutional ban -- views that appear to be a sharp reversal of poll results seven years ago.

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Virginians are closely divided over whether gay marriage should be legal, according to a new Washington Post poll, a striking result in a state that overwhelmingly agreed to amend its constitution to ban gay marriage just five years ago.

Forty-seven percent of Virginians say gay couples should be allowed to legally wed, and 43 percent are opposed, according to the poll. Fifty-five percent of Virginians say gay couples should be able to legally adopt children.

The results mirror a dramatic and rapid shift in national public opinion about gay rights in recent years. The evolving public opinion could create a challenge in the key political battleground for the commonwealth’s Republicans, who are almost universally opposed to gay marriage, if voters think the GOP is falling out of sync with the electorate ...

Well this seething momma would like nothing more than to see the death of this issue as a sign that winning elections on the backs of minorities is no longer a winning strategy. And if it means we see less slimy, bigoted, opportunistic candidates winning races, all the better. Sorry Republicans, but I will shed no tears if you have bought yourselves a few decades in the wilderness. You deserve to be a permanent minority party in my opinion.


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