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Minnesota Swinging Away From Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Minnesota Swinging Away From Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Minnesotans are increasingly opposed to writing discrimination into their state’s†constitution, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.

49 percent of Minnesotans oppose the anti-same-sex marriage amendment, while only 43 percent support it. That’s a dramatic swing from January, when 48 percent supported the amendment, and 44 percent opposed it.

“Todayís poll shows there is a conversation happening across this state about what marriage means and how this amendment would limit the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples,” said pro-same-sex marriage group Minnesotans United for All Families in a statement. “The more people talk about this, the more likely they are to vote no in November, and this poll demonstrates that more and more Minnesotans are coming to the conclusion that this is not the right thing to do for our state.”

Anti-same-sex marriage activists expressed doubts about the poll.

“This is preposterous,” said Chuck Darrell, director of communications for Minnesota for Marriage, an anti-same-sex marriage group. “Public Policy Polling is a Democratic polling firm that supports same‐sex marriage. The Director has said himself in May that he does not ‘believe polls showing majority support for gay marriage’ because ‘any time there is a vote, it doesn’t back it up.’”

The poll showed a gargantuan generation gap. Voters over 45 favor the amendment by a 50-to-42 margin. But voters under 45 are strongly opposed, with 60 percent opposing the ban, and only 34 percent in support.

A plurality of Minnesotans now supports legalizing same-sex marriage outright. 47 percent support making same-sex unions legal, while only 42 percent are opposed.

The dramatic change in the fortunes of the amendment coincide with President Barack Obama’s statement in favor of same-sex marriage. Additionally, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party voted to oppose the amendment at their state convention, and will campaign against it in the fall.

Minnesota’s amendment laws require an amendment to get a majority of all ballots cast in the election, not just votes on the question itself.

Voter ID Supported, Dayton Popular

Democrats got worse news on a proposed voter ID amendment, with 58 percent supporting a photo ID requirement, while only 34 percent oppose it. Republicans and independents strongly favor the amendment, while Democrats oppose it somewhat less strongly.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a DFLer, has an approval rating of 49 percent, with only 36 percent disapproving of his performance in office. Minnesota’s Republican-controlled legislature fared very poorly, with 21 percent approval and 61 percent disapproval. Amazingly, that’s up sharply from January, when the legislature had only a 12 percent approval rating.

Minnesotans were split on the new Vikings stadium, with 44 percent supporting it, while 41 percent opposed it.

The poll was conducted from May 31 to June 3, and has a margin of error of†Ī3.1 percent.

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5:21AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Minnesota, keep the conversation going....this is about equality and defending the constitution, not a Bible bashing debate about how 'God feels' about same-sex marriage.

2:28PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

I enjoy Howard E's intelligent, witty responses!
Cheers :)

7:10PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Tia, that's all fine and dandy. I'm a Pagan lesbian, I don't give a crap what my union to my wife is and is not in the eyes of YOUR god. Hell, I don't even care about your opinion on whether or not I should be allowed to marry my wife. Quite franky, it's none of your business. You aparently aren't gay, so why should it matter to you? It matters to you because you are just another bigot hiding behind a book and a god.

4:43PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Robert, while I absolutely agree that church and state should be as separated as matches and dynamite – and for the same reason – Tia and religion have little to do with each other. Her hatred of Gays is no more the result of religious beliefs than my fear of flying is the result of having been in an airplane crash. Religion is just a convenient way to make herself feel morally superior, instead of morally bankrupt, for doing the devil's work here on earth.

As always, thank God for religion, ethnicity and "the other". If not for them we'd have to waste valuable seconds coming up with reasons to persecute people. For what little it's worth, I bear no animosity towards people like Tia and Michele Bachmann. I see them as a lot like rocks in my yard: they serve no purpose and you have to work around them, but they can't help being rocks and there will always be some around.

2:05PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Dont' do it Minnesota! Hold your ground.

1:39PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

As a Minnesotan, I'm not going to hold my breath on this.

11:06AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

So, Tia, do you defy God himself by eating meat more than a day after the animal was killed? Do you deny him but not offering the blood from all animals killed for food? Do you risk your immortal soul by wearing cotton/polyester blend clothes? Do you honor God by making sure none of the fruit you buy came from a tree less than six years old and none of the vegetables were grown in a field with another vegetable? Do you keep his commandments and avoid piercing your flesh? Have you demonstrated against anyone with a flat nose being ordained as a priest?

All those prohibitions and many more come from the Holiness Code (Leviticus 17-26) – written centuries after Moses – the same source as the injunction against man lying with man as he lies with a woman. By the way, where does the bible ban lesbianism and sex changes?

Clearly you think ignoring religious dictates on food, clothes and all manner of other things is just fine, as long as we don't give people you don't like equal rights. The angels weep for you and God has issued a public apology for shoddy work on the day you were conceived.

5:48AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Tia watch out for those hurricanes or tornadoes! Stand firm like a tree and you'll end up ripped out by the roots. God bless.

1:22AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

I'll bet that Marcus and Michele Bachman have their knickers in a collective twist over this. Well done Minnesota!

7:30PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

..its time to challenge the staus quo when it becomes obvious (by numbers?) that outdated dogma determined laws..are only protecting or serving those deemed worthy by an ancient book..many times translated.....We do not live in biblical times any more...thanks God...There is nothing to be scared of...May wisdom, fairness and love for ones fellow man prevail..x

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