Posted on April 2nd, 2005 in General, National Politics | Written by Ben | 3 Comments »
Jennifer Harper of The Washington Times reports on a CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll released yesterday regarding public sentiment on the issue of same-sex marriages:
When asked whether they thought same-sex “marriages” should be recognized by the law as valid and come with the same rights as traditional marriages, 68 percent of the respondents in the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll said they should not.
Twenty-eight percent said same-sex “marriages” should be valid and 4 percent had no opinion. The survey of 443 adults was conducted March 18 to 20.
A similar poll by Gallup last year found that 55 percent thought homosexual “marriages” should not be valid, while 42 percent said they should be recognized.
In addition, 466 adults were asked in the same time period what marital arrangements they thought should be recognized for homosexual couples.
The poll found that 20 percent favored same-sex “marriage,” 27 percent said civil unions, and 45 percent said “neither.”
When asked whether they favored a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as “between a man and a woman,” 57 percent said yes, while 37 percent were opposed.
Last year, 48 percent favored the amendment and 46 percent opposed it.
I have found no other reference to the poll – not on the websites of CNN, USAToday, or Gallup. Multiple searches on Yahoo! News came up empty. Finally, with the help of Google News, I found a tiny UPI article that mentioned the survey. Nothing else. But hey, if I were a member of the liberal media elite, I’d quietly release the results on a Friday to let it be mercifully killed by the news cycle. Not if we can bring attention to it.
The culturally conservative trendline bears out in America’s quiet heartland, as Kansans prepare to vote on a defense of marriage amendment this coming Tuesday, while the Minnesota House passed a similar measure to send to its states’ voters, pending Senate approval.
Meanwhile, for some inexplicable reason, a Republican state legislator in our backyard (Colorado, for you out-of-staters) thinks that this argument is the winner to promote a traditional marriage proposal:
Another co-sponsor, Rep. Jim Welker, R-Loveland, said he feared for future legislation if the “Pandora’s box” of same-sex marriage were opened.
“Where do you draw the line?” he said. “A year and a half ago a lady in India married her dog.”
Welker was referring to the marriage of a 9-year-old girl who married a stray dog in 2003 as part of a ritual to ward off an evil spell.
Welker’s ill-conjured remark handed a giant talking point to the opposition, whose leadership wasted no time in responding:
“We’re talking about the budget, and they’re talking about bestiality,” said House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver.
The marriage measure will most likely die, notwithstanding attempts to evoke fears of imminent human-animal nuptials. Can we get another co-sponsor, please?