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08/23/2010

Visual aid: Tracking bull(crap) market's fall, bear/bear wedding market's rise

by Jeremy Hooper

An interesting polling graph from The New York Times, ranking the states in order from least supportive of marriage equality (Utah, big shocker) to most in favor (Massachusetts, same deal), as well as tracking the change in statewide attitudes from the mid-'90s to now. Take a look:

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Support for Same-Sex Marriage, State by State [NYT]

17 states are now at 50% or above. Not too shabby, folks.

But even if this, a drastic uptake in even the most conservative of states, were not enough to scare the talking points off of Maggie Gallagher's tongue, then this related Times tidbit certainly should:

"This trend will continue. Nationally, a majority of people under age 30 support same-sex marriage. And this is not because of overwhelming majorities found in more liberal states that skew the national picture: our research shows that a majority of young people in almost every state support it. As new voters come of age, and as their older counterparts exit the voting pool, it’s likely that support will increase, pushing more states over the halfway mark."

Will some of these young folks swing more conservative on this issue once the beer bongs are replaced with baby bottles? Perhaps. But not enough of them will choose to keep this "culture war" matter afloat. Not this time. Not on this (non)issue.

So let's get a head start on the inevitable, America. Support peace. Support fairness. Support love. History has your back.

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