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08/17/2011

NOMmers again ignoring what poll says about *them*

by Jeremy Hooper

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Right, so I wish these Michigan poll numbers were different, no doubt. But the larger point for me, here, in terms of the opposition group that posted the poll, is that once again we have NOM completely overlooking what this poll says about their work. Because look at the second figure there, the one with marriage and civil unions thrown in the mix. If you tally the marriage and C.U support together, you find 62% Michiganders in support of some form of recognition, and only 35% in the "no" category (3% in play). That's a healthy majority voice support for some kind of contract, even if not the one that we equality activists want/ultimately demand.

But why is this pertinent to NOM? Well, because NOM is fully against civil unions. Always. Everywhere. In every state in any year that the notion of civil unions has come up, Maggie, Brian, and everyone else who wears a NOM polo has stood in opposition to the separate civil unions option, regardless of how strong the religious protections attached to the bill (like we saw in Rhode Island this summer). So just like we saw in New Jersey earlier this month, where only 17% voiced opposition to any and everything, this Michigan poll once again demonstrates how out of step NOM's "no marriage, no civil unions" strategy truly is!

This also shows why NOM is very coy with its civil unions opposition, sometimes even feigning the possibility of support before eventually citing some sort of baseless reason why support is off the table. So building on that: It shows why we must be better, strong, faster, and louder about exposing just how far this, the nation's leading voice on the other side of the quality debate, truly wants to take the rights-denial.

More to come on this.

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