maggie gallagher

“The press tend to lump gay marriage in with other ‘Christian right wing/social conservative’ issues, like abortion. But gay marriage is different because the majority of Americans oppose it”

SOUNDBITES — “I’ve looked in vain for public polling on how much the gay-marriage issue hurt Dede Scozzafava with GOP and independent voters [in her U.S. Congressional race]. So I commissioned a poll. The results should be ready to release by tomorrow. Here’s the key: The press (including conservatives) tend to lump gay marriage in with other ‘Christian right wing/social conservative’ issues, like abortion. But gay marriage is different because the majority of Americans oppose it. The majority of independents, as well as Republicans, and also a big chunk of Democrats oppose it. Voters don’t view opposition to gay marriage as evidence of ideological rigidity and extremism. They think it’s common sense.” —Maggie Gallagher, blaming the media for its gay marriage bias