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Gay rights becoming more tolerated

It's about time we started rejecting this discriminatory crap from the social right wing....Got this from Center for American Progress:
A Changing Debate

Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay civil rights group, yesterday announced the first-ever televised presidential forum devoted solely to issues concerning lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender Americans, to be aired on Aug. 9 on the Logo network. "Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Christopher Dodd have agreed to participate in the forum, with questions to be posed by a panel that includes singer Melissa Etheridge and Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign." (All presidential candidates were invited, and the Republicans declined.) A May 2007 Gallup poll found that "public tolerance for gay rights" is at a "high-water mark" in America. This historic presidential forum is yet another sign of the country's shift, and is further evidence that Americans are rejecting the long right-wing campaign to attack and deny rights to gay Americans for political gain.

AMERICANS INCREASINGLY UNITED ON GAY RIGHTS: Fully 79 percent of Americans believe openly gay people should be allowed to serve in the military, versus 18 percent who do not, a CNN poll found last month. In the same survey, a majority of Americans supported either gay marriage (24 percent) or civil unions (27 percent), compared to 43 percent who did not support either; 57 percent said gay and lesbian couples should have the legal right to adopt children; and 56 percent said they "do not believe sexual orientation can be changed," up from 45 percent in 2001 and 36 percent in 1998. Indeed, support for gay civil rights is increasingly bipartisan. A poll last month of 2000 self-identified Republican voters by GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio found that 77 percent "believe an employer should not have the right to fire an employee based solely on their sexual orientation," while 49 percent believe gays should be able to serve openly in the U.S. military (versus 42 percent opposed).

RIGHT WING STUCK IN THE PAST: As the presidential season heats up, all candidates should consider these notable shifts in public opinion. Yet while the American people are increasingly united on gay rights issues, conservatives are still playing to the religious political extremists. A comprehensive report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force finds a "shockingly stark" divide among the candidates on gay rights issues, with several of the most prominent Republicans -- including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Reps. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), and former governor Mitt Romney -- opposing virtually all major LGBT issues. Former mayor Rudy Giuliani opposes the constitutional ban on gay marriage, and has supported civil unions in the past, although in April he announced his opposition to New Hampshire's new civil unions law. Only two of 19 presidential candidates support marriage equality for same-sex couples, though every leading Democrat backs partnership recognition rights, such as civil unions.

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Interesting that the same percentage numbers keep floating to the top. Those who openly oppose Gays, those who openly support War, those who openly believe the Earth is 6500 years old, those who openly believe there is no Climate issue, those who openly support Bushie. All within a 5 point spread.


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