Your morning jolt: A majority of Americans now support gay marriage, says Gallup

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.

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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

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travis

May 20th, 2011
8:51 am

Colbert, Lithgow, and the Gays FTW! FIRST!

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 20th, 2011
9:01 am

I can’t imagine the President nominating someone who would be complimented by Clarence Thomas.

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ab

May 20th, 2011
9:07 am

That was hilarious!

Jeff

May 20th, 2011
9:13 am

Well, there you go, Clinton. Rocks your world, doesn’t it? Stop the hate, buddy.

brad

May 20th, 2011
9:25 am

Uh, Jeff, how do you get “hate” out of Clinton’s post? It’s an opinion that is, quite frankly, well rooted in Thomas’ previous behavior. Perhaps you can find another person to attach your free-floating conservative anger to this morning.

SpaceyG on Twitter

May 20th, 2011
9:31 am

The Lithgow dramatic interpretation of an overwrought Newt press release is priceless. Must. Watch. Fourth. Time.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

May 20th, 2011
9:40 am

@Jeff: No hate, just an observation regarding the comments of a right wing U.S. Supreme Court Justice whose wife is involved with a right wing PAC.

History Will Teach Us if We Will Learn

May 20th, 2011
9:41 am

I know Steve Jones from way back and if there is a more fair jurist in this country, I’d like to meet him/her. Some of his views are a little conservative for my taste but I have no doubt that I would get the same justice as Last Man Standing, the Centrist, or Trisha Disha War Eagle. Wait a minute, Trisha might be a streach, Judge Jones bleeds Bill Dog Red!

blackbird13

May 20th, 2011
10:18 am

The key number in the Gallup poll is the 70% of those age 18-34. Within a decade that will be the percentage for the entire country. Unlike in 1969, when a majority of the country did not support interracial marriage but the Supreme Court struck down bans on it anyway, the Court may be trailing the demographics on this one.

Tom

May 20th, 2011
10:52 am

Reinforces what I continue to say…..

2010 and the TP movement confirmed that the mainstream within the GOP is shifting more to a “fiscal conservateve/social moderate” mindset, and it’s a trend that will only continue. It was the Tea Party focus SOLELY on issues of fiscal accountability and smaller, more efficient government that energized moderate Repubs and independents to join the grassroots support.

This is why guys like Huck, Santorum, Pawlenty, et al, have no shot.

SC Guy

May 20th, 2011
10:59 am

Unfortunately, polls cannot be relied upon for the issue of homosexuality. You know right off the bat that something is wrong with this poll. Yesterday, a poll came out by Siena that found that only 54% of New Yorkers supported gay marriage and this poll suggests that virtually the same number of Americans support gay marriage? I find that extremely hard to believe. Voters simply aren’t engaged on this issue. That’s why when a group like NOM or others help get voters engaged, same-sex marriage fails.

Last Man Standing

May 20th, 2011
11:12 am

In a single policy speech, Obama has lost the Jewish vote. Israel has been our staunch ally in the Middle East, but the cohesiveness of the U.S. and Israel may well be a thing of the past. The U.S./Israeli relationship, strained almost from the time Obama was inaugurated, may well have reached its’ breaking point.

Obama 2012

May 20th, 2011
11:19 am

Newt and Cain are both from GA, guess who is getting all the press and embarrassing the state? Then Saxby, oh well, at least we are not in Mississippi,… yet.

Aquagirl

May 20th, 2011
11:22 am

You just know there’s smoke pouring from SC Guy’s ears. The man is afire! Find him a poll, quick!

Looks like we can put the unemployed back to work. The anti-gay crowd is going to need slanted polls, because their 8 collective brain cells are helpless without the “Will Of The Sacred Mob” argument. Their only other shot is a 180 flip to say their minority rights are being violated by the majority. They’ll never make such a maneuver, but if they try the crash and burn is going to be freakin’ hilarious.

Ah, the sun is shining and wingnuts are melting down. Another glorious day in the ATL.

ForBetterOrFor Wurst

May 20th, 2011
11:40 am

“Support for legal gay marriage decreases markedly with age…to 39% support among those 55 and older.”

Well I’m north of 60 and I’m all for it. And if it hastens the demise of the institution of marriage that’s fine too. Interesting that gays are eager to leap into marriage at a time when many straights are turning their backs on it.

MrLiberty

May 20th, 2011
11:57 am

When did americans get to be so shortsighted that they allowed government to have anything at all to say about marriage?? How stupid can you get?

There is absolutely nothing in the constitution that allows the federal government to have anything to do with marriage. There really should be nothing in state constitutions either, but I am sure there is. One way or the other, marriage is a religious thing and whatever religion wants to sanctify a marriage between two, three, four, or whatever number or gender or whatever of people is THEIR business not government’s.

Government should respect and defend contracts between people, regardless of who, how many, their genders, etc. Issues like age of consent, etc. certainly may play a role, but otherwise, they must support the contracts. Period.

Every problem we have in what should be our personal lives is a direct result of GOVERNMENT. Marriage is a religious matter and a contractual agreement is a legal matter. Neither deserves any comment by the idiots who infest our government at any level!

Oh Intown Writer...

May 20th, 2011
12:00 pm

I think we don’t give comics enough credit as reflectors and shapers of general opinions. Many for years and years have consistently skewered gays for wanting to marry – pointing out all the pitfalls and pratfalls of marriage and saying ‘hey! you want this barrel of monkeys too? come on down !!’
Marriage is sacred til you walk downstairs and look at the disaster yer spouse left you…
I think a fair % of straights are turning their backs because of finances, based on folks i’ve talked with about town…

Oh, Last Man Standing – i think the views of American Jews depends on the stripe of the person you’re talking to. Some acquaintenances of mine are rabid right wingers and feel one way, while my other immediate neighbors are on the opposite side of the fence.

Jon Lester

May 20th, 2011
12:01 pm

By blocking Liu, who’s been endorsed by quite a few conservatives, Johnny and Zaxby have both proven that their fitness to serve has effectively expired.

MyPatootie

May 20th, 2011
12:34 pm

You could print that about the gay marriage all day long, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and I still would not believe it’s legitimate. Polls, as everyone should know by now, can be manipulated and the result always depends on how the question is asked, AND OF WHOM IT IS ASKED !!!! I have more faith in this country than that.

pb

May 20th, 2011
12:43 pm

Last Man Standing:

Don’t be so sure Obama has lost the Jewish vote. Jews tend to be liberals and Democrats, even if some Dems don’t really support Israel. Accoridng to most polling, last Republican Presidential canddiate that Jews voted for, was Reagan.

DannyX

May 20th, 2011
12:48 pm

MyPatootie, Gallup has been asking the exact same question on gay marriage since 1996. In 15 years the percentage supporting gay marriage has gone from 27% to 53%.

Every major polling company is now showing majority support for gay marriage.

Collin D Schuler

May 20th, 2011
1:02 pm

One of my colleagues once discussed this matter: If you want same sex unions, fine then. Have it your way. However, DON’T call it marriage because marriage is a religious term and belongs to one man and one woman.

Tom

May 20th, 2011
1:07 pm

However, Collin, “marriage” is a man-made term (as all are) and its meaning is up to man to keep static or change. I agree with the premise that government really should have no role in the definition of marriage. If a culture, church or denomination makes the decision to sanctify same-sex marriage what say should any other entity have in that decision?

Last Man Standing

May 20th, 2011
1:10 pm

pb & Oh Intown Writer:

The Republican nominee may not get the Jewish vote, but I doubt that Obama will either. A non-vote for Obama translates to a vote for the Republican.

It is difficult for me to imagine the great disrespect Obama has shown Israel. As has been said, “If the Palestinians lay down their arms, there will be no more war. If Israel lays down its’ arms, there will be no more Israel.”

mark

May 20th, 2011
1:11 pm

The only people who lose money via gay marriage are companies that provide health care benefits. While living in Vermont, my wife and i tried to get a civil union. We were told be had to be the same sex. We took our vowels out in the showiness of nature with no mention of a GOD, creator or religion. Call it marriage, civil union or domestic partnership. it is all the same. A LEGAL CONTRACT!! that is all it is. A LEGAL CONTRACT!! Nothing more.

Reality

May 20th, 2011
1:15 pm

Obama 2012

May 20th, 2011
11:19 am
Newt and Cain are both from GA, guess who is getting all the press and embarrassing the state? Then Saxby, oh well, at least we are not in Mississippi,… yet.

Oh HELL no. What is embarrassing, is someone stating “Obama 2012″.

DannyX

May 20th, 2011
1:26 pm

…”DON’T call it marriage because marriage is a religious term and belongs to one man and one woman.”

That makes no sense whatsoever. YOUR own religion may not approve but don’t claim to represent the christian churches that do. There are many churches in the US that support gay marriage.

Countries with huge majorities of Catholics are able to separate the issue also. Although the Catholic church is against it, a lot of their members support gay marriage. Spain which is about 99% Catholic now allows gay marriage. Same with Argentina. Portugal too.

Mexico City 20 million strong and about 99% Catholic now allows gay marriage. Catholic Massachusetts allows gay marriage.

Tom

May 20th, 2011
1:31 pm

Danny, you will now hear how “those churches” aren’t “really Christian”.

Aquagirl

May 20th, 2011
1:48 pm

“One of my colleagues once discussed this matter:”

Collin, one of my colleagues once discussed freakish passive-aggressive syntax. I didn’t give a flying flip about his opinion either.

What?

May 20th, 2011
1:48 pm

So gays do not want anyone to tell them what they can or cannot do in their own bedroom…OK…I have no problem with that. Yet they want to have “Pride Parades” and “Pride Days” to tell everyone what they do in their bedroom. ?

What?

May 20th, 2011
1:53 pm

Collin

More hypocrisy from below. She claims not to give a “flying flip”, but has to comment on your opinion. LOL! Hilarious!

Aquagirl

May 20th, 2011
1:48 pm
“One of my colleagues once discussed this matter:”

Collin, one of my colleagues once discussed freakish passive-aggressive syntax. I didn’t give a flying flip about his opinion either.

DannyX

May 20th, 2011
2:03 pm

“Yet they want to have “Pride Parades” and “Pride Days” to tell everyone what they do in their bedroom. ?”

Oh the humanity! This third grade argument is as silly as the old “gay recruiters” nonsense. Next we will hear how the Purple Teletubby is subliminally making your children gay.

Hey wait a minute, I may be on to something. Maybe the Purple Teletubby did brainwash all the children back then. Maybe that’s why young adults support gay marriage.

What?

May 20th, 2011
2:04 pm

DannyX

Seem to know a lot about third grade, Teletubbies….still there?

Bill

May 20th, 2011
2:06 pm

Re: Gay Marriage. There is an obvious answer (I think) to this issue, but it rarely gets discussed. Why is government involved in marriage at all? The answer is that government has legitimate interests, because of taxes, inheritance, property rights etc. However all of these issues are covered with a civil union. The answer then is that the government should allow civil unions for all adults, but should not sanction marriage for anyone. Let civil unions cover the legal issues, and let churches decide who they want to marry. The government has not legitimate interests that are not covered by civil unions.

Re: Israel.
We can be a friend and ally to Israel without endorsing everything that they do. In fact, as a friend, sometimes the best thing we can do is to tell our friend – you are being unreasonable. We can only have a positive effect in the middle east if we can be seen as an impartial broker. We cannot do that if we agree with Israel no matter what. There is a new reality in the middle east. Last week, Palestinians began using the same non-violent method used in Egypt and Tunisia (they should have done this 30 years ago). If Israel does not shift its approach, they will be increasingly ostracized by the rest of the world. One responsibility we have as a friend, is to try to make sure we are not their only friend.

Purple Teletubby

May 20th, 2011
2:09 pm

Oops, busted. But check out my new purse! Faaaaabulous!

Jamie B

May 20th, 2011
2:14 pm

@ What?

DannyX, as usual, had nothing to prove your statement factually wrong; so he goes off on some dribble about 3rd grade and Teletubbies. Typical.

khc

May 20th, 2011
2:46 pm

that barrow county deputy would fit right in with some of the rubes that comment here

Frederick Douglass

May 20th, 2011
2:53 pm

LMS @ 1:10

You probably need to get out among your Jewish neighbors, I think you’d find out for the most part, that your glee about their voting habits is misplaced, and grossly premature. Certainly many of them aren’t pleased with Obama’s comments. However; when Jews hear what conservatives, Tea partiers, evangelicals. and republicans in general have to say, it falls on their ears like the hatespeak they’ve endured for 3,000 yrs. You’d have to be pretty naive to believe that these people don’t draw a straight line from kristallnacht, jackbooted thugs, the Holocaust, and internment camps to what the Tea party currently spouts. Remember, Netanyahu doesn’t vote in our elections, but if he did, he’d probably be hard pressed to cast a vote for you guys.

Frederick Douglass

May 20th, 2011
3:03 pm

Right khc:

Imagine having to tell your wife and kids, that you’ve lost your job because you bought into the Fox news idiocy. Judging by the size of the deputy’s gut, I would assume he hasn’t missed many doughnut breaks, maybe now he’ll get a taste of how the people he looks down on feel. In all honesty, he’ll probably be picked up by a neighboring county, Oconee county would embrace that kind of mindset.

Jamie B

May 20th, 2011
3:09 pm

FD

Tea Party = Jackbooted thugs, internment camps. The usual idiotic statement from you.

Frederick Douglass

May 20th, 2011
3:20 pm

Jamie B:

My old slave born GGrandmother would’ve answered you thusly: “A hit dog’ll holler”!

Jamie B

May 20th, 2011
3:33 pm

fd

Had to bring in the ol’ slave bit…of course, to be expected.

Frederick Douglass

May 20th, 2011
3:49 pm

Jamie B:

1865-1949, I think that made her a slave. She was chattle for the better part of a year physically, and mentally tormented for the rest of her life.

Last Man Standing

May 20th, 2011
3:55 pm

Frederick Douglass”

“You’d have to be pretty naive to believe that these people don’t draw a straight line from kristallnacht, jackbooted thugs, the Holocaust, and internment camps to what the Tea party currently spouts.”

If a baseball pitcher took that big of a “stretch” from the mound, he’d be playing the catching position!

Bill

May 20th, 2011
4:22 pm

You may find that many Jewish voters in the US, are also critical of Israel. They love Israel, but disagree with many of the things that the government does.

Frederick Douglass

May 20th, 2011
4:33 pm

LMS @ 3:55

I guess we’ll find out on the 2nd Tuesday of November 2012 won’t we? There was considerable crying, gnashing of teeth, and ripped clothing, on the 2nd Tuesday of 2008, at least at my work place.
I actually left work early that day, for fear of being stoned ( I work with a lot of Evangelicals).

Frederick Douglass

May 20th, 2011
4:34 pm

2nd Tuesday of November, 2008.

Bill

May 20th, 2011
4:39 pm

Mr. Douglass,
Since your Grandmother was born in 1865, the argument could be made that she (technically) was never a slave. The emancipation proclamation was signed in 1863.

However in a practical sense, she probably never in her life experienced conditions that were much improved over slavery.

Frederick Douglass

May 20th, 2011
5:26 pm

Thanks for the info Bill, having one of her two sons lynched in 1925 (a WWI vet), for being uppity, didn’t help much,but I should forget that, and get over it.