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POLL: Majority Of Minnesotans Oppose Legalizing Gay Marriage

minnesotamapJust five months after Minnesotans voted against a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, new poll numbers suggest they’re not quite ready to give their full blessing.

According to a poll of 800 Minnesotans, taken February 25-27, 53% say the state statute banning gay marriage should stand, while 38% say it should be overturned and 9% remain undecided.

Most of the opposition comes from outstate where 73% are against allowing same-sex couples the right to marry, compared to the Twin Cities area where 57% are in favor of gay marriage.

Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen was surprised by the results, which showed stronger opposition than in previous polls.

“There have been a number of polls on the issue. The trend in general is moving toward acceptance of marriage equality,” Thissen told the Star Tribune. “There will certainly be more conversation on this. Our members are talking to their constituents, which is more important than any poll.”

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18 Comments

  • Gigi Gee

    Q: Do you think far-left, militant homosexuals should be rewarded for shoving their chosen lifestyle down our throats 24/7 and be allowed to redefine the 5 thousand year old definition of traditional marriage, and that our children should be taught that butt-sex is okay and that the deviant homosexual, God-hated lifestyle is “normal?”

    A: Hell no!

    [It all depends how the poll question is worded.]

  • rextrek

    Q: Do you think far-left, militant Blacks should be rewarded for shoving their chosen Inter-racial down our throats 24/7 and be allowed to redefine the 5 thousand year old definition of traditional marriage, and that our children should be taught that black & whites together is okay and that the deviant Inter-racial, God-hated lifestyle is “normal?”

    A: Hell no!

    [It all depends how the poll question is worded.]

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  • Samuel

    Interacial marraige is NOT the same as same sex marraige though opposition to it is often based on the same kind of hatred.

    Some people including gay people oposse gay marraige, because they believe in a differet philosophy of sex and society.

    We live in a civil society and claiming that anyone who opposes your viewpoint is a homophobe is not going to cut ice anymore.
    I believer as gay people we have a right to dignity freedom from opression in the civil sphere and civil unions to honour our relationships. As far as marraige and children… i think the jury is still out there. Personally most gay men i know do NOT want to have children.

  • Cam

    @Samuel: said…… ”
    We live in a civil society and claiming that anyone who opposes your viewpoint is a homophobe is not going to cut ice anymore.”

    ________________________________

    You are absolutly wrong. Soembody opposing the viewpoint that gays should have full civil rights is a homophobic. Claiming that you support a different form of marriage etc… is as B.S. an excuse as saying that the Bible told me so.

    For example, I am not a hetrosexual involved in an interacial marriage. But I would NEVER vote against keeping interacial marriage legal no matter what my views on marriage are. Because that is currently the law of the land and denying somebody full participation in it is bigotry pure and simple.

    If you don’t want to vote because you don’t like the political system in the U.S. would you then turn around and support making it illegal for women to vote? No dofference.

  • MuscleModelBlog.com

    I’ve heard political scientists / sociologists talk about an “urban / rural” cultural divide in the United States. This is just another example of that…

  • jwrappaport

    @Samuel: “Saying that gays and lesbians should be legally inferior before the law to heterosexuals is not homophobic.”

    Sorry big boy, it most definitely is. Crack out your Webster’s: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homophobia

    What do you mean when you say the “jury is still out” on marriage and childrearing? Sorry again, but mainstream medical associations don’t seem to be in any serious doubt as to whether same-sex couples can successfully rear children or maintain loving, stable relationships: they can and do.

    Also, don’t mince words and call bigotry a “differet [sic] philosophy of sex and society.” The fact is that they think we’re morally inferior and disordered for loving members of the same sex – that’s all it is. It’s fear and prejudice, not philosophy (which is Greek for love of wisdom – certainly an inapt euphemism). I’m not sure why you’re justifying their position except that perhaps you subscribe to part of it, which is sad.

  • hyhybt

    This survey sounds about right, if you compare it to the recent election results. “No” won by only a few points, even though “No” wasn’t just those in favor of marriage equality, but also included non-votes, people firmly in favor of the ban but who don’t think it belongs in the constitution, and the “not yet” folks.

  • hephaestion

    Minnesota is the new Alabama.

    Apparently Scandinavia sent its dumbest people to populate Minnesota.

  • hyhybt

    @hephaestion: There are idiots everywhere; surely most Minnesotans aren’t like that.

  • hyhybt

    @hephaestion: Also, consider *why* these idiots are showing off their badly-worded signs: because so much of their state disagrees with them that the legislature finds it advantageous to consider whether to let gay couples marry. You don’t see that happening in Alabama, do you?

  • hyhybt

    @hyhybt: Sorry, never mind my previous two comments. #8 from this thread came to my email among posts on a different topic from another site, and I got them mixed up.

  • brent

    @hephaestion: You’re comparing Huburt Humphrey’e state to the state of George Wallace.

  • FStratford

    MN is quite inclusive… the problem is the neighboring homophobic states keep on sending their kids to live in MN.

  • Dionte

    Well, the 800 people of Minesotta have spoken.

  • halross

    As a born and bred Minnesotan I am embarrassed by the states recent behavior. It’s one of the reasons I left the state at 17 and have stayed away for 40+ years. However it is important to remember it is the state that gave us Hubert H. Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Univ of Minnesota gay hero Jack Baker and years of progressive politics. The problem started with these mega-church rural communities that sprung up in the 80’s and 90’s. Those people have always existed in the state, but were politically dormant until the Reagan tide screwed everything up. Losing RFK and MLK didn’t help either. The tide will turn again, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • Ambrose

    What? You mean the state that gave us Michelle Bachmann and Jesse Ventura is ambivalent about gay marriage? Quelle surprise!

  • damon459

    Since when is a poll of 800 people in a state with a population 5,379,139 people proof of anything? I could surely find that many people to support this “study” in any state.

  • hyhybt

    @damon459: If the sampling is done right, it will be reasonably accurate. First priority in that is specifically NOT seeking people out based on their views, but putting them in first and *then* finding out what their views are.

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