But why would that appear in my blog reader? And it was from my e-buddy over at The Lessons of Evolution. I figured out it was worth a second look.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: MILESTONE REACHED IN GAY RIGHTS
See, I should really do more than just glance at the first few words of a sentence. That method did get me through college, however.
I clicked on the link to find the latest Gallup finding that more than 50% of Americans are in favor of Gay marriage.
Gallup posed this question to 1,018 randomly selected adults: Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages.
Last year 53% of those polled were against same-sex marriage vs 44% who were for it.
This year 53% were for same-sex marriage while 45% were against.
Not a bad thing for those Americans whose basic rights have been taken away by the government. And that's the important thing to remember, my friends, homosexuals are not looking for new rights. Rather, the government whose primary job is to protect its citizens' rights (thank you, Thomas Jefferson) had been co-opted by religious extremists and used the power of the state to disenfranchise this minority. An argument that many small government Republicans balk at.
Unsurprisingly, Democrats made the biggest shift (13 points) towards the enlightened position. Independents weren't that far behind (10 points). Republicans? 0 Nada. Nothing. The more sanguine may cheer themselves that at least the Republican percentage didn't drop. There is some consolation that those calling themselves Conservatives (Independently minded conservatives, I'd guess) went from 25% pro equal marriage to 28%. If Libertarians (big L, not those wanker faux Republican libertarians) were polled I'm willing to put money - and I'm only willing to put my money on bets that I'm sure to win - there would be an overwhelming majority for equal marriage.
There should be some rejoicing in Whoville with this news. The villainous superstition/fear mongers are on the wane. It's not impossible to see the day that same-sex marriage is recognized throughtout the country and not just in some enclaves.
But we shouldn't fool ourselves either. Religious fanatics are, well, fanatical. They are organized and well financed.
Currently they are losing.
It's not a bad day...