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12/04/2008

Survey: Paper, both in diploma and currency form, leads to gay-friendliness

by Jeremy Hooper

Those Californians who paid a lot of money so that their twentysomething selves could learn how to do keg stands, as well as those who have made a lot of money in the years since those drunken days of youth, are more likely to have opposed Proposition 8 than those who missed both the college and cash boat. This according to a new survey:

EXCERPT: But while a majority of non-white voters backed a ban on gay marriage, the key finding in the new survey was that voters' position on Proposition 8 was determined more by their level of education and income than their race or ethnicity, said PPIC president Mark Baldassare. Among Californians with a high school diploma or less, 69 percent voted for Proposition 8. Among college graduates, 57 percent voted against it.

"Both among whites and non-whites, among college graduates and among upper-income voters, Prop. 8 lost," Baldassare said. "Among both whites and non-whites, among non-college graduates and lower-income voters, Prop. 8 won. It seems to me that some of what we attributed to race and ethnic differences really had to do with a socioeconomic divide in regard to same-sex marriage."
FULL: Education and income were strong factors in vote against gay marriage [Mercury News]
(H/t: Towle, JMG)

Of course besides this economic and education data, the survey continues to find that religion, specifically evangelical Christianity, is the mega force that's keep tax-apying gays of this supposedly church-separated nation from engaging in a civil -- civil, civil, did we mention CIVIL? -- marriage. So what does this tell us? Well, it says that if you are gay and have a friend for whom the questions...

"Who was your favorite professor?"

"Isn't first class the best way to fly?"

"Can you believe that some folks refuse to look at a man-written book with a critical eye?"

...elicit nothing but blank stares, you might wanna think twice before inviting them to your engagement parties. Or better yet: You should force them to come, tie them down to a chair, and demand that they give you three firm examples of how gay love is destroying society before you will give them any cake. Everyone, no matter the background, loves cake.

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Your thoughts

Speaking of religion, I think something that the guys over at BTB pointed out in a different (nationwede poll) is worth noting, too:

"One thing that I found fascinating is that issues of homosexuality are sharply dividing Mainline Christians from Evangelical Christians. In all questions, Mainline Christians were gay-favorable and Evangelicals were among the least favorable.

"This was particularly evident on issues that were in traditional areas of Christian activism (pre-Religious Right). For example, on the ENDA question, Mainline was the most supportive of all demographics while Evangelical was the least."

This is, I suppose, not terribly surprising, but it's comforting to me as a Lutheran. My religious community at university is open and affirming; it's nice to know that as a whole a majority are, too. I also think it speaks positively to the progress and inroads which have been made. These communities didn't used to be supportive, years ago.

Then again, it's probably easier to change minds in the mainline protestant set, where we regard the Bible as the norm for faith and life, but not the inerrant word of God, and where we take in external and modern sources and learning to supplement what we have in religious texts.

[LINK: http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2008/12/03/7065 ]

Posted by: PSUdain | Dec 4, 2008 1:54:56 PM

So!.... I want these 'Mainliners' out in FORCE next time there is a vote anywhere!!! HRC supposedly has a pack of 'em and enough$$$ to get them out!! LOUDLY!
Why hasn't FOR THE BIBLE TOLD ME SO been shown nationally .... $$$$$...so big party throwers ...come up with it!

Posted by: LOrion | Dec 4, 2008 7:10:51 PM

'Everyone, loves cake.' .... Specially WEDDING Cake... go for it JH.

Posted by: LOrion | Dec 4, 2008 7:11:47 PM

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