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Equality news round-up: gay voters and the economy, and more

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By Scottie Thomaston

– Here’s a story on LGBT diversity on TV.

– The Center for American Progress has a report on discrimination against LGBT people.

– NPR has a story on the Republican Party’s anti-gay platform.

– Unsurprisingly, most gay voters consider the economy and jobs high priority issues.

– Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) says he no longer supports a constitutional amendment to ban gay and lesbian couples from getting married. (He still opposes marriage equality, however.)

8 Comments

  • 1. Sagesse  |  August 30, 2012 at 10:04 am

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  • 2. Martin Pal  |  August 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I never base my vote on how the economy is doing at any given moment. Discussions in media always lead to this inevitable point: "A President has little to do with how an economy is at any given moment." So why do people either not believe this or disregard it? I replied to the article about that issue linked above. Go there and read it if you want to dissaude anyone from voting for a candidate because of economic reasons. It's too long to post here in several parts.

  • 3. Seth from Maryland  |  August 30, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Michigan Judge Suggests Lesbian Couple Challenge Marriage Equality Ban:

    A federal judge in Detroit this week suggested a lesbian couple challenge the state of Michigan's ban on marriage equality – which is preventing them both being registered as their children's parents.

    As reported by Christine Ferretti in The Detroit News, Judge Bernard A. Friedman said he would issue a ruling on a state request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the ban on adoptions by unmarried couples – but not before he suggested the plaintiffs amend their suit to encompass the state's marriage amendment.

    Judge's Friedman's suggestion followed a motion hearing in which the state asked him to throw out of court the case brought by a local lesbian couple who are raising three children.

  • 4. Seth from Maryland  |  August 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

    http://www.gayapolis.com/news/artdisplay-issues.p

    something to keep an eye on

  • 5. Seth from Maryland  |  August 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    POLL: Marriage Equality Support Improves In Nevada | A new Public Policy Polling poll shows that support for marriage equality has improved in Nevada to 47 percent, with 42 percent opposed, up from 45-44 a year ago. More dramatically, 80 percent of voters support at least civil unions for same-sex couples — up from 77 percent — with only 17 percent opposed to any form of relationship recognition. On Top Magazine noticed that there was a sharp increase in marriage equality support among African-Americans, increasing from 21 percent to 47 percent, likely reflecting President Obama’s endorsement this past May.
    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/08/30/778111/p

  • 6. Mike in Baltimore  |  August 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I think many people are discounting the NAACP endorsement of marriage equality, which also had a tremendous effect on minority voters' opinions.

    I also think the statement from Benjamin Jealous (President and CEO of the NAACP Board) also had an effect on their opinion. His parents are of different races, and pre-Loving, Maryland (just like Virginia) had a law that made it illegal for such people to marry, thus they had to get married out of state. Unlike Virginia, Maryland didn't make it illegal for such couples to actually live as man and wife (although it had some nasty laws about the offspring of such marriages that were on the books that were finally removed just prior to the SCOTUS 'Loving' decision).

    Yes, President Obama's statement was a major announcement that greatly influenced a lot of people, but there were a lot of other factors also involved, especially in minority communities.

  • 7. bythesea  |  August 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Of course there are many other factors, but no need to diminish the strongest and most apparent one. What exactly is the point when the data clearly points to his 'evolution" being a primary factor in a recent and significant shift?

  • 8. Mike in Baltimore  |  September 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Because for many people, there were MANY different reasons.

    Maybe a person had a relative or close friend come out as a member of the GLBT community in late April/early May, 2012. Coincidence of timing would make any change of opinion appear that it was ONLY because of the President's announcement.

    Maybe a person was against (but not strongly) marriage equality in March, but heard about a close friend or co-worker who came out in late April/early May, 2012. Coincidence of timing would make any change of opinion appear that it was ONLY because of the President's announcement.

    Maybe a person was against (but not strongly) marriage equality in March, but heard about a minister (such as the Rev. Delman Coates, pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md.) speak of their spiritual not backing of marriage equality in their church and church philosophy, but still backing of marriage equality as a civil ceremony and as a civil right of the citizens of the state. Coincidence of timing would make any change of opinion appear that it was ONLY because of the President's announcement.

    Or it could be that some didn't listen too carefully to what the President stated, but they did listen to what the NAACP stated (about 10 days later). Coincidence of timing would make any change of opinion appear that it was ONLY because of the President's announcement their opinion changed.

    What's the point?

    Many times a change of opinion is NOT the obvious one, but many times it is something else. For me, up until the late 1980s, my mother was dead set against marriage equality. During the 1990s, her opinion evolved, and by the time my partner of more than 22 years died in 2002, she was fully in support of marriage equality. And that was almost a decade PRIOR to the President's announcement that his opinion had 'evolved'. Why did her opinion evolve? I'm not sure, but it sure wasn't because the President announced his opinion evolved, as her opinion had evolved YEARS prior.

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