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01/03/2008

Instead of scoffing, he should've been doing more research

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images Perkinscolor-1In a short item wherein he makes multiple attempts to decry New Hampshire's recently-enacted civil unions law, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins (or his ghostwriter) makes the following statement:

"The Associated Press reports a prediction that 3,500 to 4,000 civil unions will be performed this year--which is laughable, given that the 2000 census reported only 2,703 same-sex partner couples in the state."

But unfortunately for him, Tony (or whoever writes the stuff to which he lends his name) is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. For you see, it is now estimated that the 2000 figure has more than doubled, with there now around 5,578 same-sex couples living in the Granite State (likely due more to couples' willingness to be out of the closet with their relationships than a mass influx of new gays). Here, check out this Williams Institute report (pdf) for the new data.

So while the 3,500-4,000 figure might prove to be an overshot, it's not the laughably inconceivable scenario that Tony would like you to believe. What is laughable, however, is the way folks like Mr. Perkins choose to simply ignore the empirical data that is inconvenient to their cause.

The Great Divorce? [Tony Perkins' Washington Update (3rd item)]

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So that's where I've been going wrong all this time. It's not the FACT that they "research" that makes them the "research council," it's WHAT they research - namely disinformation.

The Family Disinformation Research Council.

Much better.

Posted by: Emproph | Jan 3, 2008 10:37:38 AM

It's very likely that the majority of gays/lesbians in New Hampshire actually work in Massachusetts.

It's not an uncommon occurance for people with a moderate income in Mass, to live in NH, due the tax and cost of living savings.

Still and all, good news for NH on the civil unions thing. The more equality, the better for everyone!

Posted by: Chris Tucker | Jan 3, 2008 11:18:39 PM

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