Same-sex marriage support hits all-time high in the US

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Public support for gay marriage has hit a new high as Americans increasingly see homosexuality not as a choice but as a way some people are, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The poll shows that 58 percent of Americans now believe it should be legal for gay and lesbian couples to get married; 36 percent say it should be illegal. Public attitudes toward gay marriage are a mirror image of what they were a decade ago: in 2003, 37 percent favored gay nuptials, and 55 percent opposed them.

The Supreme Court takes up the issue of gay marriage next week, and nearly two-thirds of all Americans say the matter should be decided for all states on the basis of the U.S. Constitution, not with each state making its own laws.

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There has been a related movement in public opinion about homosexuality. Fully 62 percent of Americans now say being gay is just the way some people are, not something people choose to be. About 20 years ago, fewer than half of the public said so.

In the current data, about three-quarters of those who do not see homosexuality as a choice support gay marriage, with most supporting it strongly. More than two-thirds of those who see it as a choice oppose gay marriage, with almost all intensely against it.

Currently, gay marriage is legal in only nine states and the District of Columbia, but public views are more similar than not across state lines. In the states that allow gay marriage, 68 percent say such same-sex marriages should be legal, but so too do 56 percent of those in states where the practice is not legal.

Intensity on the matter is, however, different in those states. In places where gay marriage is legal, 52 percent feel strongly that it should be. That falls to 39 percent feeling strongly that it should be legal in states where it currently is not.

The Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted March 7 to 10, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. The margin of sampling error for the full survey is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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As Theodore Bagwell said in Prison Break: Get on the train.
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Some positive news.
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As Theodore Bagwell said in Prison Break: Get on the train.DroidPhysX
Word. It would suck to be left on the wrong side of history.

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58% and 62%? I suppose this is good news, and yay, but Christ that is depressingly low still. They do know this is 2013, right?
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we need to focus on the economy is what a certain cop would say I am guessing
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[QUOTE="MrPraline"]58% and 62%? I suppose this is good news, and yay, but Christ that is depressingly low still. They do know this is 2013, right?

Yeah. Though I guess an upward trend is better then nothing
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we need to focus on the economy is what a certain cop would say I am guessingdave123321
lol to quote Bill Hicks: "That would f*ck up the economy! the economy that's fake anyway HAHAHAHAHA. Yeah that would be a real bummer"
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Not really surprising but good news regardless.

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[QUOTE="dave123321"][QUOTE="MrPraline"]58% and 62%? I suppose this is good news, and yay, but Christ that is depressingly low still. They do know this is 2013, right?

Yeah. Though I guess an upward trend is better then nothing

Yeah certainly. Glad it's improving.
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58% and 62%? I suppose this is good news, and yay, but Christ that is depressingly low still. They do know this is 2013, right?MrPraline
Old people skew the results to the negative side.

its okay, the baby boomers will be dead soon

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[QUOTE="MrPraline"]58% and 62%? I suppose this is good news, and yay, but Christ that is depressingly low still. They do know this is 2013, right?Aljosa23

Old people skew the results to the negative side.

its okay, the baby boomers will be dead soon

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we need to focus on the economy is what a certain cop would say I am guessingdave123321

This story is referring to a poll, not the government. So why would I say that in this instance?

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Old people skew the results to the negative side.

its okay, the baby boomers will be dead soon

Aljosa23

Most baby-boomers are not going to be dying soon.

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[QUOTE="MrPraline"]58% and 62%? I suppose this is good news, and yay, but Christ that is depressingly low still. They do know this is 2013, right?Aljosa23

Old people skew the results to the negative side.

its okay, the baby boomers will be dead soon

I think you'd be surprised at the amount of young people against it. Being against gay marriage knows no age.

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So a 1000 people represent the whole country
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So a 1000 people represent the whole country Bucked20
are you trying to emulate shadowmosses?
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[QUOTE="Bucked20"]So a 1000 people represent the whole country DroidPhysX
are you trying to emulate shadowmosses?

I miss shadowmosses, he made me feel sane in comparison.

 

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I think you'd be surprised at the amount of young people against it. Being against gay marriage knows no age.

Pirate700

Okay? What you said doesn't refute anything I said.

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Not suprised, I always did thought that people are becoming moar open minded of certain things these days. I'm indifferent.

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[QUOTE="Bucked20"]So a 1000 people represent the whole country DroidPhysX
are you trying to emulate shadowmosses?

Who the hell is that and its 1000 people,that test is way too small
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>Republicans 65+ yikes
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So a 1000 people represent the whole country Bucked20

LRN2STAT

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[QUOTE="dave123321"]we need to focus on the economy is what a certain cop would say I am guessingairshocker

This story is referring to a poll, not the government. So why would I say that in this instance?

Why would you say it in any instance? If it passes then it would be out of the way and would never distract from any other issue ever again. 

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[QUOTE="DroidPhysX"][QUOTE="Bucked20"]So a 1000 people represent the whole country Bucked20
are you trying to emulate shadowmosses?

Who the hell is that and its 1000 people,that test is way too small

1000 people satisfies one of the requirements for a survey. iirc, 400 is the minimum.
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It must be a difficult time for bigots these days
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It's an encouraging sign.
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I mean. If I was ever asked "should it be illegal for two people to do something of their accord that does not hurt you or your loved ones in any way, shape or form"? I would be insane for saying yes. That's some straight up authoritarian fascist bullsh*t. Some forceful sense of moral superiority. Megalomania. Some disgusting judgmental interfering mindset. F*ck off hard and fast plzthanks.
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It must be a difficult time for bigots these daysJML897
Bigotry always finds a way, unfortunately.
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>Republicans 65+ yikesDroidPhysX

Call this an unfair generalization if you must, but old people are no good at everything. 

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[QUOTE="DroidPhysX"]>Republicans 65+ yikesSlow_Show

Call this an unfair generalization if you must, but old people are no good at everything. 

:lol:
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[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

I think you'd be surprised at the amount of young people against it. Being against gay marriage knows no age.

Aljosa23

Okay? What you said doesn't refute anything I said.

 

I wasn't trying to refute what you said...

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Good news, but I fear that increased support will be meaningless with all the amendments that the GOP passed.
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[QUOTE="DroidPhysX"][QUOTE="Bucked20"][QUOTE="DroidPhysX"] are you trying to emulate shadowmosses?

Who the hell is that and its 1000 people,that test is way too small

1000 people satisfies one of the requirements for a survey. iirc, 400 is the minimum.

Still doesn't represent the country as a whole
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I wasn't trying to refute what you said...

Pirate700

Alright then what's your point, bro? :<

I never said young people are 100% for it, I said old people skew the results and looking at that particular graph it's certainly true.

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[QUOTE="Bucked20"][QUOTE="DroidPhysX"][QUOTE="Bucked20"] Who the hell is that and its 1000 people,that test is way too small

1000 people satisfies one of the requirements for a survey. iirc, 400 is the minimum.

Still doesn't represent the country as a whole

That's what polls are supposed to be. durr
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Who are the 'young people' anyway? High school jocks or real people in their early/mid 20s?
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[QUOTE="DroidPhysX"][QUOTE="Bucked20"] Who the hell is that and its 1000 people,that test is way too small Bucked20
1000 people satisfies one of the requirements for a survey. iirc, 400 is the minimum.

Still doesn't represent the country as a whole

So pollsters should go and ask every single person in the country what their opinion is to have a representative poll?

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[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

I wasn't trying to refute what you said...

Aljosa23

Alright then what's your point, bro? :<

I never said young people are 100% for it, I said old people skew the results and looking at that particular graph it's certainly true.

lol I wasn't trying to make a point. I'm just saying I think many people would be surprised how many young people are against it. It's called just making conversation.

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[QUOTE="Aljosa23"]

[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

I wasn't trying to refute what you said...

Pirate700

Alright then what's your point, bro? :<

I never said young people are 100% for it, I said old people skew the results and looking at that particular graph it's certainly true.

lol I wasn't trying to make a point. I'm just saying I think many people would be surprised how many young people are against it. It's called just making conversation.

what's a conversation? Is it like arguing? 

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Who are the 'young people' anyway? High school jocks or real people in their early/mid 20s?MrPraline

My friend is twenty two he dosen't like it lol, and I'm pretty sure were theres one there could be more out there spread out. There could always be more supporters but theres always a few people against it anyway.

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the conversation is a great film maybe gene hackman's best work
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[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

[QUOTE="Aljosa23"]Alright then what's your point, bro? :<

I never said young people are 100% for it, I said old people skew the results and looking at that particular graph it's certainly true.

toast_burner

lol I wasn't trying to make a point. I'm just saying I think many people would be surprised how many young people are against it. It's called just making conversation.

what's a conversation? Is it like arguing? 

Apperently so. :P

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[QUOTE="Aljosa23"]

[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

I wasn't trying to refute what you said...

Pirate700

Alright then what's your point, bro? :<

I never said young people are 100% for it, I said old people skew the results and looking at that particular graph it's certainly true.

lol I wasn't trying to make a point. I'm just saying I think many people would be surprised how many young people are against it. It's called just making conversation.

oh okay, my bad then. I thought you were going somewhere with that lol

But yeah, some young people are against it. Anecdotal evidence but people here that are in junior high or high school are half and half on it.

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[QUOTE="MrPraline"]Who are the 'young people' anyway? High school jocks or real people in their early/mid 20s?Lord_Ronskins

My friend is twenty two he dosen't like it lol, and I'm pretty sure were theres one there could be more out there spread out. There could always be more supporters but theres always a few people against it anyway.

Lol, I know people like that exist and it's pretty sad others want to control how people live their lives. Not liking it is one of thing. But wanting it to be banned is insanity. Who made your friend god?
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[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

[QUOTE="Aljosa23"]Alright then what's your point, bro? :<

I never said young people are 100% for it, I said old people skew the results and looking at that particular graph it's certainly true.

Aljosa23

lol I wasn't trying to make a point. I'm just saying I think many people would be surprised how many young people are against it. It's called just making conversation.

oh okay, my bad then. I thought you were going somewhere with that lol

But yeah, some young people are against it. Anecdotal evidence but people here that are in junior high or high school are half and half on it.

It's all good. :P

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[QUOTE="Bucked20"][QUOTE="DroidPhysX"] 1000 people satisfies one of the requirements for a survey. iirc, 400 is the minimum. DroidPhysX
Still doesn't represent the country as a whole

So pollsters should go and ask every single person in the country what their opinion is to have a representative poll?

 

They should have this survey for teens at school,students in college and people in the work place if they want a real number  

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I think bucked20 is smarter than all those nerdy statisticians who dedicate their lives to stuff like this
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[QUOTE="dave123321"]we need to focus on the economy is what a certain cop would say I am guessingairshocker

This story is referring to a poll, not the government. So why would I say that in this instance?

Just teasing(kinda not). But but but, we would need to use the gov to achieve the change the poll and topic is alluding to. Which is what I think is the spirit of the thread.