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Support for Marriage INCREASING Nationwide, in West Virginia

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Recently, the head of the ACLU declared that same-sex “marriage” was spreading throughout the land, growing in popularity and increasingly accepted by the nation.  Following the progressive, unaccountable actions of legislators in Maine, Vermont, DC, and New Hampshire, one sensed a growing excitement from those who would redefine marriage.  Could this be the change they had been hoping for?

Then, the California Supreme Court upheld the vote of 7 million voters – the second time voters in California had voted to define marriage as one man and one woman.  Perhaps the opponents of marriage were a bit too hasty in optimism.

In America, we respect the results of fair elections.  Whenever voters get the opportunity to decide the definition of marriage, the traditional definition always wins.  So far, of the 30 states that have voted all have voted in favor of marriage as one man and one woman.  That’s more than 40 million U.S. voters expressing their beliefs at the ballot box.  

And then came this news:

A Gallup poll of 1,015 adults released Wednesday (May 27) shows that Americans oppose legalizing “gay marriage” by a margin of 57-40 percent, the highest opposition has been in the poll since 2005, when a similar survey showed a margin of 59-37 percent against “gay marriage.”

. . . 

Last year, the Gallup poll showed 56 percent opposing “gay marriage,” 40 percent supporting it. In 2007, it was 53-46 percent in opposition.

via News Headlines – Polls: Opposition to ‘gay marriage’ on rise : .

Nationwide, the support for marriage as one man and one woman continues to remain high, growing, if only a little, from year to year.  But that wasn’t the most interesting part of this story.  According to the same article, that same Gallup poll revealed this most incredible finding:

48 percent of Americans believe “that allowing two people of the same sex to marry will change our society for” the worse. 

Whoa!  Nearly half of the representative sample of the United States not only supports marriage as one man and one woman, they believe that to allow same-gender “marriage” would make society worse.  

The findings by Gallup reflect what we have discovered here in West Virginia.  Last Summer (2008), the Family Policy Council of West Virginia commissioned a poll to determine the level of support for marriage in the Mountain State.  That poll revealed that 73% of likely voters supported marriage as one man and one woman.  

Fast-forward to 2009.  After the launch of, a project of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, another poll was conducted.  Not only did this poll indicate that more than 9 in 10 voters believe they should determine the definition of marriage – not judges or politicians; it also indicated an increase of 13% in support for marriage.  According to our latest numbers, 86% of West Virginians support the definition of marriage.

West Virginians understand that same-sex “marriage” is a closer reality than politicians think.  And they want action.  Further, like the rest of their countrymen, West Virginians understand that to redefine marriage would be to change our society for the worse.  

Forty million have already voted in defense of marriage.  Will our legislators give another 1.8 million the same opportunity?

One man.  One woman.  That’s marriage.



Written by Jeremy Dys

May 29, 2009 at 7:26 pm

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  1. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Those on the wrong side of civil rights issues always lose eventually. Nationwide marriage equality will either come bit by bit, through legislation and the courts, or all at once when enough of those in opposition to adults who love each other marrying die off.

    The “mob” should not be deciding whether a minority of the people should have the same rights as the rest in a referendum vote. That’s why we have a representative government – to prevent things like this.

    Some Guy

    June 10, 2009 at 2:44 am

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