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Field poll finds that California voters opposed to same-sex marriage is at a record low

By Kristin Ziegler President Barack Obama and Republican actor Clint Eastwood may have taken the Proposition 8 spotlight in early March when both influential men filed briefs with the Supreme Court urging the repeal of the measure, which has banned same-sex marriage in California since 2008. But the residents of the Golden State are having a say of their own, with a new poll showing record support for same-sex marriage. The field poll, released March 1, found a clear majority (more than 61 percent) of California voters sup-


ported the idea of extending the rights and responsibilities of marriage to same-sex couples, while 32 percent opposed. The survey’s respondents were a randomly–selected sample of 834 registered California voters. This poll may prove significant as Proposition 8 gears up to be heard by SCOTUS this month. A 2012 Gallup poll revealed 53 percent of Americans are in favor of full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. ]

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Bill Clinton urges Supreme Court to overturn DOMA By Alex Meyer Former President Bill Clinton urged the Untied States Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act – a bill he signed into law himself as president – when the court hears a case disputing the 1996 act. In a Washington Post op-ed, Clinton offered his explanation for his 1996 support for the bill: “In 1996, I signed the Defense of Marriage Act. Although that was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time. In no state in the union was

same-sex marriage recognized, much less available as a legal right, but some were moving in that direction ... When I signed the bill, I included a statement with the admonition that ‘enactment of this legislation should not, despite the fierce and at times divisive rhetoric surrounding it, be understood to provide an excuse for discrimination.’ Reading those words today, I know now that, even worse than providing an excuse for discrimination, the law is itself discriminatory. It should be overturned.” ]


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COVER STORY: Young, Gay and Broke: gay men who live outside the margins of traditional society.

March 20, 2013  

COVER STORY: Young, Gay and Broke: gay men who live outside the margins of traditional society.