For the first time since Gallup began tracking the issue with its polls, a majority of Americans say same-sex marriages should be recognized, “with the same rights as traditional marriages.”
Says the polling group:
This year’s nine-point increase in support for same-sex marriage is the largest year-to-year shift yet measured over this time period. Two-thirds of Americans were opposed to legalized same-sex marriage in 1996, with 27% in favor. By 2004, support had risen to 42% and, despite some fluctuations from year to year, stayed at roughly that level through last year.
Democrats’ and independents’ support for legalized same-sex marriage increased this year by 13 and 10 points, respectively. Republicans’ views on the issue did not change from last year. Clear majorities of both Democrats and independents now support gay marriage, 69% and 59% respectively, contrasted with 28% support among Republicans….
Support for legal gay marriage decreases markedly with age, ranging from 70% support among those aged 18 to 34, to 39% support among those 55 and older. More broadly, support is highest among younger women and lowest among older men.
If this doesn’t make your Friday, nothing will. From Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert:
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On the same day that Republicans in the U.S. Senate – including Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson – blocked the appointment of Goodwin Liu, an Augusta, Ga., native, to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, another Barack Obama appointment in Georgia won a better reception. From Greg Bluestein and the Associated Press in Atlanta:
The entire bench of the Georgia Supreme Court was there to honor Steve Jones as he was sworn in Thursday as a federal court judge for the Northern District of Georgia. So was University of Georgia President Michael Adams and Georgia football coach Mark Richt.
And, for perhaps the first time ever, a sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justice attended the investiture ceremony for Jones, a former Clarke County Superior Court judge who was appointed to the bench by President Barack Obama.
“I tell friends I never want to be nominated again, for obvious reasons,” said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who went through a nasty confirmation fight when he was nominated in 1991. “But I want to amend that. I never want to be nominated unless I’m Steve Jones. He’s got to be the most popular person I’ve ever met.”
Jones took his oath of office before a crowd of hundreds — so big it required an overflow room across the hall to accommodate all the well-wishers. There were two dozen family members there, some from as far away as California. And more judges, politicians and other dignitaries than there was time to list.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider