Monday, November 08, 2004

Most Americans support rights for gay couples.

Why you're right:

1. 60 percent of Americans support either civil unions or legal marriage for gay couples. 35 percent support civil unions and 25 percent support legal marriage. (Human Rights Campaign)

2. A clear majority of Americans oppose a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. 58 percent of Americans believe it is an issue left up to the states. (ABC News)

Why they're wrong:

The gay marriage initiatives on the ballot in several states clearly motivate a core group of social conservatives. This clearly worked in Bush's favor. But it is wrong to conflate that with a general societal trend opposing rights for gay couples. The reality is more Americans than every support legal rights for gay couples.