Washington State -- Poll Shows Majori...

Washington State -- Poll Shows Majority Back Same-Sex Marriage

There are 25 comments on the www.columbian.com story from Jan 9, 2012, titled Washington State -- Poll Shows Majority Back Same-Sex Marriage. In it, www.columbian.com reports that:

Vancouver resident Robert Meyer married his wife more than a year ago. He hopes gays and lesbians will gain the same right in 2012.

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“WAY TO GO”

Since: Mar 11

IRELAND

#21 Jan 10, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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I'd mostly agree. Washington, Maine, California, New Jersey, Maryland, Hawaii, Oregon, & Rhode Island all in the next 5 years, with Illinois thrown in for good measure.
Even with the changing demographics, I don't see ANY southern states passing marriage equality in the next 20 years; the anti-gay sentiment is just so ingrained in their culture. They will have to be forced by the SCOTUS to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed elsewhere. Even then, I'm not sure I see the SCOTUS forcing them to actually marry same-sex couples.
That's my 3 cents.
I totally agree with you on the Southern States.....I mean I've heard that in Alabama, since 1998......that it is illegal to sell sex toys and the punishment for doing so is like $10,000 in fines and up to a year in jail.....YET, selling a firearm to a minor will only get ya a fine of $500.00......with reasoning like that.....what can you truly expect from the South?

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#22 Jan 10, 2012
RnL2008 wrote:
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I totally agree with you on the Southern States.....I mean I've heard that in Alabama, since 1998......that it is illegal to sell sex toys and the punishment for doing so is like $10,000 in fines and up to a year in jail.....YET, selling a firearm to a minor will only get ya a fine of $500.00......with reasoning like that.....what can you truly expect from the South?
Not to bash all the many truly good people who live in the south, but it IS still a very backwards place. I lived a couple of years each in Virginia, Florida, & Texas while in the military. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, it was a HUGE adjustment. I had never met a black or hispanic person before joining the military, yet I had no prejudice that I was aware of. The first time I heard the n-word or wetback I was actually left speechless; I thought they were just playing it up for the "Yankee". I soon realized they were deadly serious.

I recently vacationed in the south, and I'm sad to say nothing much has changed from 20 years ago. Oh, the racism is a little less overt, but it's still obvious which side of the tracks people are expected to live on. I'm truly amazed how many of the younger generation continues to carry on the prejudices & bigotry of their ancestors. I could simply never live there again, not as an openly gay man.

“WAY TO GO”

Since: Mar 11

IRELAND

#23 Jan 10, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Not to bash all the many truly good people who live in the south, but it IS still a very backwards place. I lived a couple of years each in Virginia, Florida, & Texas while in the military. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, it was a HUGE adjustment. I had never met a black or hispanic person before joining the military, yet I had no prejudice that I was aware of. The first time I heard the n-word or wetback I was actually left speechless; I thought they were just playing it up for the "Yankee". I soon realized they were deadly serious.
I recently vacationed in the south, and I'm sad to say nothing much has changed from 20 years ago. Oh, the racism is a little less overt, but it's still obvious which side of the tracks people are expected to live on. I'm truly amazed how many of the younger generation continues to carry on the prejudices & bigotry of their ancestors. I could simply never live there again, not as an openly gay man.
I've only been in Texas once, Florida for about 3 1/2 months for Navy Boot and schooling.......and that's it....oh and Atlanta, GA......but only for a flight home from Florida......no thanks!!!

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#24 Jan 10, 2012
WeTheSheeple wrote:
Even with the changing demographics, I don't see ANY southern states passing marriage equality in the next 20 years; the anti-gay sentiment is just so ingrained in their culture.
So what do you think about the southwest? How about New Mexico? Nevada has a strong civil unions law. And Huntsman actually supported civil unions for Utah when he was governor.[That and being Obama's ambassador to China are two of the main reasons I think he might even be a palatable president.]

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#25 Jan 11, 2012
nhjeff wrote:
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So what do you think about the southwest? How about New Mexico? Nevada has a strong civil unions law. And Huntsman actually supported civil unions for Utah when he was governor.[That and being Obama's ambassador to China are two of the main reasons I think he might even be a palatable president.]
I don't see Utah ever passing marriage equality, not as long as the Mormons are in charge. Texas is unlikely as well. Neveda is a possibility, as is Colorada, but our best bet in the southwest is New Mexico where recent polling shows better then 50% support for marriage equality.

A lot will depend on if the federal govt is forced to recognize marriages of same-sex couples. That will take away the argument that civil unions can provide all the rights of marriage, since the federal govt doesn't recognize civil unions in any way. I think when that happens there will be a big push for full marriage equality in states with civil unions- Illinios, Nevada, Deleware, Hawaii, & Rhode Island. The only downside that will probably prevent states from even trying to pass civil unions in states where marriage still wouldn't pass, but I think by then the courts will have stepped in and put an end to all this nonsense.

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