In a recent poll, same-sex marriage has shown the highest support yet. A Washington Post-ABC poll shows that 59 percent of Americans are now in support of gay marriage. That’s up about seven percent from last year’s results. The survey also states that 34 percent of Americans still oppose same-sex marriage. These numbers are about exactly opposite from a decade ago.
About seven out of ten Americans disapprove of the denial of rights to same-sex marriage. These numbers continue to increase over time, especially considering the recent laws that have been passed or proposed over the past few years. The survey was conducted between February 27th and March 2nd. It contained just over 1,000 participants and has a margin for error of 3.5 percent.
The poll also found that just about half of Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection gives gay men and women the right to same-sex marriage, the highest support yet. However, 40 percent still remain opposed to the idea. Nearly seven out of ten Americans believe that a business should not be allowed to refuse service to gay a customer because of their religious beliefs.
Over eight states, lawmakers have considered such proposals regarding the refusal of service based on religious views. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, a religious conscience bill that was going to allow the rights of refusal based on religious grounds. 72 percent of Arizonans agree with Brewer’s decision, as shown in a separate poll.
However, Representative Michelle Bachmann has an entirely different opinion of Brewer’s recent act. Saying that she was “sorry that she made the decision.” She later said that she believes that “tolerance is a two-way street” and that we as human beings “need to respect everyone’s rights.” Referring to those who hold serious religious beliefs.
The Republican of Minnesota also spoke up about the recent news that the NFL has considered moving next year’s Super Bowl away from Arizona based on the recent controversies that have taken place. “Constitutional rights shouldn’t be traded away,” Bachmann stated in a recent interview with ABC News. She then went on to say “no matter if the NFL decides to have an economic boycott or not, there is not a price that you can put on constitutional liberties.”
In 1990, NFL decided change the location of the 1993 Super Bowl, moving it away from Arizona because of their refusal to make Martin Luther King Jr. a state holiday. Arizona could find themselves in a similar situation if they can’t find a way to make peace, which doesn’t appear likely to happen any time soon.
Although, with today’s poll release showing the highest support yet for same-sex marriage, it shows that there has been positive progress throughout the country. Numbers prove that the United States has become far more accepting over the past decade than it has ever been. If the numbers continue to trend in these directions, it will only be a matter of time before people of all beliefs, religions and orientations can happily marry one another in peace.
Commentary by Rich Peters
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