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Why You Can Blame Credit-Default Swaps For Not Having Marriage Rights

In case you needed another place to point your finger, try Wall Street!: “[A]ccording to a study in the winter issue of the American Sociological Review, resistance to gay marriage deepens significantly during hard times. In conservative parts of the 30 states that have blocked same-sex unions (where ballot measures tend to be won or lost), researchers found that each 10 percent drop in homeownership led to a 5 percent increase in support for a ban. Other signs of a community in trouble—including spikes in the crime rate and the percentage of people moving—also tracked with heightened opposition. When people think their neighborhood is breaking down, says Notre Dame professor Rory McVeigh, a coauthor of the study, ‘they think gay marriage is only going to make things worse.'”

You could say that’s bad news for California, where the housing crisis remains in full effect. But voters already decided the issue, in 2008, by passing Prop 8. California’s gay marriage fate now lies in the hands of Judge Vaughn Walker.

[Newsweek]

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6 Comments

  • Qjersey

    because us “rich gays” will come in and buy homes for firesale in their neighborhoods.

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    So in other words; they’ve ruined their own lives, and since they can’t get even with Wall Street, they’ll ruin our lives.

  • bystander

    This is a silly correlative study, i doubt very much there is any evidence of a causal link between economic hard times and decreased support for ssm

  • schlukitz

    Why does the old adage come to mind Misery loves company?

  • Truth B. Told

    Hmmmmm…and yet, DOMA and DADT passed during the Clinton economic peak. All of the state anti-marriage-equality unConstitutional State Amendments passed before the Wall Street meltdown and before the housing bubble burst.

    So, I think the formula really is: In good times and in bad times…for richer or poorer…for better or worst…in sickness and in health…most of America’s sexual retarded and morally bankrupt straights, by and large, hate homos because we’ve made the question of human relationships a multiple choice answer and not an absolute, irrefutable, one response reply anymore.

    That is the love affair we have with most of our ignoramus fellow citizens in America.

  • Brown Gay Al

    @Truth B. Told: Right on

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