There appears to be a consistent difference between the results of the Zogby and Rutgers-Eagleton polling companies. 1,2 This is probably due to the specific wording of the questions asked.
The Zogby results, for 2006-FEB, showed:
The 60% support among Roman Catholics is particularly notable because the church hierarchy is one of the main opponents of SSM.
Steven Goldstein, chairperson of Garden State Equality said:
A Zogby poll in 2006-DEC showed that 65% of New Jersey adults believe that same-sex marriage is inevitable, while only 28 percent do not. 3
2007-FEB-19: The next step: call same-sex unions marriage:
Those non-profits in New Jersey who promote equality for persons of all sexual orientations generally regard the civil union law as a good first step. However, their goal was, is now, and will continue to be full marriage equality. This is available in a few other U.S. states, in Canada and in a growing number of other countries.
Shortly after midnight on the day that the civil union law came into force, Steven Goldstein, chairperson of Garden State Equality, "civil unionized" his partner, Daniel Gross, in the Teaneck office of State Senator Loretta Weinberg. Their civil union ceremony contained an unusual vow. Rabbi Elliott Tepperman, the officiator, asked:
Gross and Goldstein said "I do."
At 11 AM that morning, they were in Iselin, NJ, for a champagne brunch celebrating the new civil union law. On Monday night, they were part of a rally at City Hall in Jersey City helping to launched a campaign to make marriage available to all couples in the state -- both opposite-sex and same-sex.
In theory, Goldstein and Gross did not have to obtain a civil union. They have been together for 14 years and entered a civil union in Vermont in 2002. The state of New Jersey automatically recognized their status. But they felt it was safer to go through the ceremony again. Goldstein said:
On another occasion, Goldstein told the New York Daily News:
Len Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, said gay activists are not satisfied with:
The term "lifestyle" is frequently used in place of "sexual orientation" by religious and social conservatives as it implies both a choice and a behavior. Sexual orientation implies something that is discovered, not chosen, and that is innate -- part of a person's basic nature.
2007-NOV-08: A prediction:
Jennifer Mesko of CitizenLink.com, a fundamentalist Christian advocacy group, predicted that:
Mona Passignano, state issues analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said:
The term "pro-marriage advocates" is an evangelical Christian term to describe individuals and groups who oppose marriage equality. That is they work to prevent the marriage of same-sex couples. They often enclose the word marriage in quotation marks when it refers to SSM. This is to indicate that they reject SSM as being in any way equivalent to opposite-sex marriage. Sometimes, they use the term "counterfeit marriage" to refer to SSM.
Their fears did not materialize at the end of 2007. It took two years for major progress on marriage equality.
2009-APR-23: New poll by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute:
Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Institute said in a statement:
Of particular interest was a poll question that asked the subjects whether they felt that SSM "... is a threat to the traditional marriage between a man and a woman." This argument is emphasized by individuals and groups who oppose marriage equity. It is becoming increasingly difficult to support this belief since Massachusetts -- the state that has made SSM available for longer than any other state -- also has the lowest divorce rate in the nation.
Polling results were:
It seems that most married people do not feel that a same-sex married couple in their neighborhood or beyond can have any significant impact on their own marriage.
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