Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Californians Starting To Back Gay Rights
A shows that Californians are growing in their support of gay rights. There is a lot of interesting information here.

Some 67 percent of Californians support the rights of gays and lesbians to serve in the military, 59 percent favor prohibiting employers from discriminating against homosexuals and 55 percent say gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to adopt children, according to the telephone poll conducted Feb. 12-26.

These are some promising numbers, though I’m sad that they are on the lower side. Only 55 percent say that GLBT couples should be able to adopt? So that means that 45 percent of Californians are not aware of the research that shows GLBT parents do not have a negative effect on their children. I think the main goal for civil rights groups should be making this research more widely known. It will not sway everybody, but once the people that don’t have actual prejudices see the material I think that the 45 percent will shrink.

In the survey of 1,000 adults, including 680 registered voters, Californians by a 57 percent to 33 percent margins also said they believe homosexual relations between consenting adults should be legal. The margin is higher among registered voters, 64 percent to 27 percent.

So, ummm, 33 percent of Californians think that we should outlaw homosexuality? That’s a bit frightening. I can’t even begin to imagine the thought process that leads to people believing that the state has a right to tell its citizens who they may have sex with.

But on the question of marriage, just 43 percent of the state's residents support legalizing same-sex marriages, while 51 percent disapprove. The numbers are similar among registered voters: 44 percent in favor of gay marriage compared with 50 percent against it.

Although they don't want to sanction gay marriage, state residents by a 50 percent to 40 percent margin oppose amending the U.S. Constitution to define marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

While Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said, "The consensus has still not moved toward supporting same-sex marriage," he said the poll reveals that gay marriage is significantly more acceptable to younger residents. And he said other poll indicators reveal a growing acceptance of homosexuals in society.

For example, only 29 percent of Californians aged 65 or older back same-sex marriage, compared with 64 percent who believe it should be illegal. But among residents 18 to 29, 54 percent support gay marriage and 42 percent are against it.

I’m sad to see the number of people that support gay marriage so low. As the article states, there is some progress, especially among younger people. This makes a lot of sense, because younger generations are attending college at higher rates and are more educated than the older generations. Once someone is educated on the issues of homosexuality-- instead of simply being “taught” by some random far-right guy-- their attitudes will change. The most damage can be done to these far-righters by simply providing the true facts of the situation. Truth is always the enemy of these anti-gay people.


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