Poll: Demographic Shift Made Same-Sex Marriage Inevitable in NY

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

There's an age gap in attitudes about same sex marriage, and the times they are a'changin.'

"I don't want to be crude but look. The older people, people like me, in my age group, who are against this, are going to die before the younger ones. The people coming along, the younger folks, are in favor of gay marriage, and the younger you are the more likely you are to favor it," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said.

Carroll conducted the latest poll on attitudes regarding gay marriage among New York voters (from June 20-26), and he came to the conclusion that the state's demographics made passage of legislation inevitable. Results released Tuesday from Quinnipiac show that fifty four percent of New York voters support a law allowing same sex couples to marry, and an overwhelming 70 percent of voters under 35 favor the measure. The only age group opposing the law are voters over 65.

So despite the hemming and hawing in Albany, the people were ready for this to happen. Even though the top brass of the Catholic Church in New York oppose same-sex marriage, the poll shows that Catholics sitting in New York pews are evenly split 48-48 on the issue. White Protestants oppose it 54 to 40 percent and Jews support it 67 to 30 percent.


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Comments [5]

Lewis Klim from New York, NY

I don't think the Bible, at least, from the passage quoted, is "anti-gay". The words seem to indicate that our ancestors, with all their flaws and ignorance, did not believe that a society could be changed overnight, or if so, necessarily, for the better. (Nor does it particularly matter when a word is "coined" since, it will be readily agreed, that "gay" does not mean the quite the same thing as it did one hundred years ago.) The problem here is not old v. young, but rather because one is young, one might not realize how foolish youth can be, or if one is old, not necessarily to have grown wise. Hmmm, that almost sounds biblical.

Jul. 27 2011 01:09 PM
shadow_man from ca

This is the perfect example of how anti-gay people change the bible's words for their anti-gay agenda.

Corinthians 6:9-11
Let us examine that very closely.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [malakoi], nor homosexual offenders [arsenokoites], nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

First of all, before we address this line, let us consider one thing. Supposedly taken from a 2000+ year old book, understand that the word "homosexual" was not coined until 1869 by Austrian-born novelist Karl-Maria Kertbeny. So how it happens to be included in a true reading of the particular biblical passage should make you ponder how accurate the interpretation actually is. So man changing the words of the Bible to conveniently spread hate?


Jun. 29 2011 02:23 AM
Brent from New York City

OK, Guy, but do you really think that 70% of "The Greatest Generation" supported gay marriage when they were under 35 years of age? I doubt it.

Speaking from anecdotal experience only, as I have not personally conducted any research, most people seem to become much more accepting of alternate lifestyles once they are exposed to them; common ground can easily be found if you are open minded. I happen to be gay, and my Dad (career military) was a raging homophobe until I came out to him. Now he welcomes me and my partner of 12 years (soon to be husband) with open arms. I've seen similar transformations in those around me (roommates, old friends, etc.) when I came out to them.

As more gay people feel comfortable living openly, without fear of overt discrimination, I believe more straight people will accept them. Of course it will never reach 100%, but the majority, maybe even 70%, is a huge improvement over where we were a generation ago.

Jun. 28 2011 08:56 PM
Susan from northeast PA

why would marriage between any 2 people be the business of anyone but those 2 people, after all it's a free country.

Jun. 28 2011 03:17 PM
guy catelli from America

this is the same faulty logic as when it was predicted 40 years ago that the abortion issue would just fade away as older opponents died off. the gap in logic is that younger people tend to eventually become older themselves. (#duh)

obviously, "gay marriage" is not the life-and-death issue that *late-term* abortions constitute. in the scheme of things, the former is not that big a deal (one way or the other, imo).

so, yes, "the times, they are a'changin'". then again, "ah, but i was *so much* older then, i'm younger than that now."

Jun. 28 2011 02:35 PM

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