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Views about marriage in Utah

Timothy Kincaid

January 14th, 2014

They might not be what you think they are. From the Salt Lake Tribune:

Residents are now evenly split on whether same-sex couples in Utah should be allowed to get state-issued marriage licences — 48 percent for and 48 percent against — and nearly three-fourths (72 percent) said same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions or domestic partnerships in lieu of marriage.



January 14th, 2014 | LINK

Beyond the particular questions, these results also suggest the influence of the LDS church is not as pervasive or monolithic among the populace as the LDS church might want folks to think. That is an interesting development in itself. Even among Mormons, a majority think same-sex couples should be allowed some form of legal recognition.

January 14th, 2014 | LINK

More interesting is the difference between Mormons and non-Mormons and the difference between civil unions and marriage. Both of which shows that the opposition is 100% rooted in religious hatred.

January 14th, 2014 | LINK

This poll is a bit puzzling. I don’t recall ever seeing an opinion poll that didn’t show a big generation gap on same-sex marriage.

BTW, EqualityonTrial recently reported a Utah poll with different numbers than here. Their poll shows only 41% support for same-sex marriage and only 24 percent support for civil unions.

January 28th, 2014 | LINK

FYonug, the poll you reference seems to be a question with a three-way response, like: “What form of same-sex relationship recognition do you favor: marriage, civil unions or nothing?” Such questions have almost never supported marriage equality, but when the option of civil unions is left out, there is usually a shift towards supporting marriage, much as is seen in this SLT poll. It’s because we have many fence-sitters that want some form of recognition for gay couples, but are hesitant about calling that recognition marriage (although I have never understood the logic behind the ‘all but name’ mentality).

As for the generational gap, I imagine that comes from the strong Mormon influence: look at the skew Mormons are causing in this poll. While adults in Utah might come from all over, Utahn youth might come predominantly from Mormon families. There is also the problem of the broad age range. We might see more distinct generational differences if this were broken down into smaller categories. As it is, I have seen polls that show young voters and people their grandparents’ age more supportive of marriage than those of the parents’ generation. If this holds true in Utah as well, the differences were washed out by a split down the age-range middle.

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