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Marriage in the non-battle states

Timothy Kincaid

October 17th, 2012

Back in September, the Washington Post polled swing states Ohio, Florida, and Virginia about the upcoming presidential election. A number of other issues were polled, including this question:

31. (AMONG REGISTERED VOTERS) Do you think it should be LEGAL or ILLEGAL for gay and lesbian couples to get married?

Florida
Legal (strongly) 35%
Legal (somewhat) 19%
Illegal (somewhat) 7%
Illegal (strongly) 26%
No Opinion 13%

Ohio

Legal (strongly) 36%
Legal (somewhat) 17%
Illegal (somewhat) 7%
Illegal (strongly) 30%
No Opinion 10%

Virginia
Legal (strongly) 33%
Legal (somewhat) 16%
Illegal (somewhat) 8%
Illegal (strongly) 32%
No Opinion 12%

Because these (and other) states already have anti-gay marriage bans in their constitution, they can shift away from the center of our attention. But with numbers like these, it will not be long before we will again be looking at Florida and Ohio and even Virginia. But (assuming the Supreme Court doesn’t beat us to it) the next time will be our own efforts to have those constitutional blights removed.

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John
October 17th, 2012 | LINK

Wasn’t it just four years ago that Florida banned gay marriage by 61%? While voting for Obama? I kind of find it hard to believe that 54% of Florida supports gay marriage, especially when only 49% of people in Minnesota oppose the marriage amendment according to recent polls. Its easy to say you support gay rights when it isn’t on a ballot.

DN
October 18th, 2012 | LINK

I’ve been tearing up the internet trying to find a link for it, but last weekend, the bf and I were in the car and an Obama radio ad came on. The premise of the ad was, “what will you tell them?” What will you say to your friends you voted against? And then specifically mentioned gay rights and all the wins the Obama administration has won.

Pulling into the Target at Seven Corners in Northern Virginia, we were amazed and thrilled to hear the president openly campaigning on his gay rights progress. Until I saw this post, I would never have believed there was that much support for gay marriage in Virginia – we have the most draconian anti-gay laws in the Union.

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