Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Gay Marriage, Again.

Unlike President Obama, I have no problem articulating my thoughts on gay marriage. I don't support it. Nor do I support bans against it. I don't believe that marriage (a religious act) should be legislated by the government. I don't think a church that believes being gay is a sin should marry a gay couple, nor do I think they should marry a straight atheist couple. This is the one instance we should emulate France and the government should offer Civil Unions to all (gay or straight -for the legalities of a union) and then couples that want God to be a part of that union could opt for a marriage in a church. Simple, right?

"North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.

North Carolina is the last state in the South to add such an amendment, and supporters hoped for a resounding victory.

Incomplete returns show the amendment up 61.05 percent to 38.95 percent." (source)

So how does the fact that this is the 31st state to add this amendment jive with this:

"Half of Americans believe same-sex couples should have the same right to wed as heterosexuals do, slightly down from a year ago but marking the second year that a majority of Americans have supported same-sex marriage, according to a Gallup Poll survey released on Tuesday." (source)

So while polls consistently seem to show that half to more than half Americans support gay marriage --every time it comes up for a vote it is unconditionally shot down. Even on the Left Coast. Which leads me to believe that people are telling pollsters one thing, but believing and voting another...

What the polls show and the actual outcome of votes around the country don't seem to agree...

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