Gay Marriage and New Jersey

There was a poll taken recently in New Jersey, and it is sure to bother some who think that gays and lesbians are not equal citizens or who deserve equality.  Pam reports on it today.   In fact, I think it will more than bother them–they are soon to realize that their fight to make sure gays and lesbians remain second-class citizens is failing.  Big time.

Here are the questions and the results of the poll:

“If public officials in New Jersey come to the conclusion that civil unions for gay couples have not worked to provide equality under the law, and that the way to fix the law is to give gay couples the same right to marry as heterosexual couples, would you be fine with that or would you be upset by that?”  63% responded “fine with that,” while only 31% responded “upset by that.”


“Which of the following do you think is most likely to happen to legislators if they were to allow gay couples to marry?  Those legislators would not be reelected, or nothing because people care about other issues more.” 72% said nothing would happen to legislators, while only 21% said legislators would not be reelected.

The poll also asked the baseline question testing support for marriage equality versus civil unions in two different ways.  When voters were asked:  “New Jersey allows gay couples to enter into civil unions but not marry. Do you agree or disagree that New Jersey should give gay couples the same freedom to marry as heterosexual couples?” 48% supported marriage equality, while 45% opposed it. 

But when voters were asked:  “Which of the following comes closest to your own point of view: 
(A) If gay couples want to marry, let them.  It will ensure equality and will not affect marriages of heterosexual couples anyway.
(B)  Allow gay couples to enter into civil unions, but not marriage. Allowing gay couples to marry will hurt the institution of marriage. 

(C)  Do not allow gay couples to marry or enter into civil unions,”  48% of voters supported marriage equality, 30% supported civil unions but no more, and 20% supported neither marriage nor civil unions for same-sex couples.

The difference between the two questions may have been the concept of marriage for gay couples hurting the institution of marriage, the primary argument of marriage-equality opponents that New Jersey voters clearly reject.

It is surprising that 30% of these people belief that another marriage somehow affects their own.  There is no logical reason for this idea. 

Clearly all the fear-mongering that some politicians have been doing in New Jersey in terms of upgrading civil unions to marriages is based on lies.  This also goes for all of those religious people who think that their religious choices should become the law of the land over all of us.  It is not working, despite the money pouring into the coffers of the leaders of these movements (and the only one benefiting from that money is the leader).  There is no reason why there cannot be gay marriage in New Jersey.  None. 

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