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04/24/2014

Riiiiiiight, FRC. And 'Desperate Housewives' is still TV's hot new show, too

by Jeremy Hooper

In 2004, marriage equality was lagging somewhere in the 30% range. In some southern states, it was in the low teens.

To hear the Family Research Council tell it, that's where it still is. Based on a new NY Times poll that shows support in reliably red states like Arkansas and Louisiana is below the current national average (shocker!), the Family Research Council is pushing this ridiculous claim:

"While the media is busy declaring an end to the debate, the reality is that most voters are just as opposed to redefining marriage as they were 10 years ago."
[Family Research Council]

This is a truly ludicrous statement even for FRC. Even in the states on which FRC hone its gaze (AK, LA, NC, KY, OH), the current level of support is much higher than where it was. But when looking at the national picture, support is not only higher, but all credible polls consistently put it above or even well above the 50% mark. That was simply not the case in 2004. In '04, those of us on the side of history that was always right but that was certainly feeling some hurt back then would've been thrilled to have even one poll that showed national support above the 50% mark. Nowadays, we'd be surprised to find a credible poll that didn't show us winning. That's a major change.

I know FRC hates the fact that they've lost the public on this issue. 2004 was a "good" time to be them. They had a friend in the White House, DOMA in the law, only one state with equal marriage, courts that were reluctant to advance the freedom, bans that reliably passed in legislatures and ballot boxes, and a divisive and discriminatory little cause from which they could raise some dirty lucre. I get why they are crestfallen about the way this thing has played out. But just because they don't like the trend lines doesn't mean they can lie about them.

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