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11/02/2006

Poll: Majority of Jerseyans think 'separate but' is a suitable prefix for gays' version of 'equal'

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images JerseyequalA new telephone poll shows that while 54% of all respondents agree with the New Jersey Supreme Court's recent decision granting gay couples equal benefits, the majority of the 809 surveyed think the Legislature should opt for "civil unions" instead of full marriage equality (40% were for "civil unions," 29% were for "marriage," 16% were for "refusing the court's ruling," and 5% were for "other").

Translation: Many New Jersey math teachers are still not fully teaching the meaning of "=."

Both bizarrely and frustratingly, the poll also shows 54% of respondents would support an amendment defining marriage as only between one man and one woman (the same percentage that said they agreed with the ruling).

Translation: A portion of the "agree with the ruling" folks must have simply enjoyed the paper it was written on or the prose that peppered the justices' decision, as some of them turned around and also agreed that an inequality-sealing amendment is an okay concept.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Translation: Polls can perhaps be taken with a little more than a grain of salt, but one should never put all of their eggs in the survey's only-so-accurate basket.

SUPPORT FOR CIVIL UNIONS, NOT FOR GAY MARRIAGE [Rutgers-Eagleton Poll (pdf)]
Poll shows increased support for banning gay marriage [AP via PhillyBurbs.com]

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