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02/19/2009

Marriage poll: New Jersey skews to what's right, not what's far-right

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images  Good As You Images  Good As You Images Jerseyequal 1 1 1-1A new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll suggests that 48% of New Jersey residents favor full marriage equality, with only 43% opposed (and the rest not knowing/caring/cognizant of where they are). Additionally, the shows that a firm 50% oppose a constitutional ban on same-sex unions, with only 41% willing to mar the state's most precious governing document with bias:

NJ Divided on Same-Sex Marriage [Monmouth Polling]

The writing's on the wall. The tipping point has been irreversibly reached. Now it's time for the state legislature to stop dragging its feet and grant New Jersey its inevitable: Full marriage equality. None of us have been fooled into thinking that civil unions have done the trick.

These telephone polls are great fun and all. But it's time to stop the constant questioning as to whether the majority is on our side, and to start questioning why we are waiting to do what is so clearly right.

The question of equality has been way over-statted -- the crucial importance of equality cannot be overstated!

**Here's the data, for those that like it raw:


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Good for NJ. I feel like we're close all over the place. But similar numbers were being put up in CA before prop 8... Nothings for sure until its for sure.

Posted by: Pomo | Feb 19, 2009 4:33:47 PM

The good news is there hasn't been any real concerted effort to get an amendment on the ballot. With Dems in control of most of the seats in NJ there really isn't any threat...at least for the timebeing. I suppose if full marriage rights do become legal then we can expect the other side to ramp up their efforts.

Posted by: Ron | Feb 19, 2009 5:16:26 PM

We are in the calm before the storm.

As soon as the CA Supreme Court decides Prop 8, the final battle will begin.

The court has two choices to solve the conflict between the definition of marriage and equal treatment under the law guaranteed in all 50 state constitutions. Invalidate Prop 8 and allow SSM or uphold Prop 8 and subject any laws that confer benefits only to married couples to strict scrutiny, which few laws survive. In essence taking the state out of the marriage license business all together.

Either way, once a decision is made, the fight will start in all 50 states.

What I find ironic is that it is actually the heterosexual marriages that have the most to loose if these bans stay in place.

Posted by: JuanH | Feb 27, 2009 9:55:25 PM

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