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Sun Apr 7, 2013, 02:18 PM Apr 2013

'Don't say gay' takes on a new meaning

I think this article is pretty biased, but I thought it might give insights to people from other places about the local attitudes here. I originally posted it in LBN but was asked to post it here instead because it is an analysis not news - the story is here:

Spurred by Hollywood depictions, flip-flopping among national politicians and a persistent homosexual-rights offensive, popular sentiment about gay marriage has shifted dramatically and swiftly. In 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a 57 percent to 35 percent margin. This year, polling shows a reversal. Forty-nine percent of the country say they are for legalizing gay marriage and 44 percent remain opposed, according to the Pew Research Center.

The rise in favor is sharpest among the millennial generation, those born since 1981. In 2003, only 51 percent of young Americans were in favor of legalizing gay marriage, now 70 percent are. Those unaffiliated with a religious group show support at similar levels. Only 38 percent of baby boomers are in favor, and only 24 percent of white evangelicals, an increase from 13 percent white evangelicals in 2001, Pew reports.

Only the Deep South states, including Tennessee, remain opposed. In 2012, 59.4 percent of Georgia residents said they wouldn't be in favor of legalizing gay marriage, according to a Landmark Communications/Rosetta Stone poll.

Yet even in Tennessee, where more people are opposed to gay marriage than any other state in the South -- 62 percent -- according to Middle Tennessee State University polling, many are reluctant to express their qualms with others.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/apr/07/dont-say-gay-takes-on-a-new-meaning/

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'Don't say gay' takes on a new meaning (Original Post) d_r Apr 2013 OP
a nationwide poll based on 1501 people?? NMDemDist2 Apr 2013 #1
Are you suggesting generalizability maybe be problematic? onpatrol98 Apr 2013 #2
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