News Roundup: July 28, 2011

Headlines around the web – July 28, 2011 [Will be updated throughout the day]

    New Study: Support for Gay Marriage Grew Faster in Past Two Years (here via US News) - ”Support for gay marriage increased at an accelerated rate over the past two years, according to a new bipartisan report released Wednesday. The study, commissioned by gay-rights group Freedom to Marry, was conducted by two top pollsters—Dr. Jan van Lohuizen of Voter Consumer Research, who worked for President George W. Bush's presidential campaigns, and Joel Benenson of Benenson Strategy Group, who worked for President Barack Obama's. According to the report, polling data from sources including Gallup, CNN/ORC, ABC/Washington Post, and Pew Research Center indicate that average support for legalizing gay marriage grew at a rate of approximately 1 percent per year between 1996 and 2009, but the rate increased to 5 percent growth per year from 2009 to 2011. ‘That's actually a 500 percent increase in the rate of change,’ Benenson said at a press conference. ‘We rarely see that kind of upward spike in support around an issue.’”

    Census IDs more Ohio same-sex couples (here via Cincinnati Enquirer) - ”Nearly 10,000 more couples living together in Ohio identified themselves as gay or lesbian in 2010 than 2000, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows. Same-sex partner households grew at a 51 percent clip in Ohio, and now total 28,602, according to the detailed household 2010 Census figures released today. The census bureau has so far released this information for 27 states, including Ohio, but not Kentucky.”

    In states with bans on same-sex-marriage, gays see New York milestone as bittersweet (here via The Washington Post) - ”Any push for gay marriage in Arkansas would face a difficult time with either major party. Gov. Mike Beebe, a popular Democrat who won re-election last year, recently told a gay-rights group that he can’t see himself supporting same-sex marriage or civil unions. With six states now recognizing same-sex marriage, there will be increasing pressure on Congress and the courts to dismantle the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition to married gay couples. Even some conservatives believe the eventual endgame will be some move by Congress or the Supreme Court to require all states, including those with constitutional bans, to recognize such couples.”

    Sen. Brown declines part in gay rights PSA (here via MyFoxBoston.com) - ” The entire Massachusetts delegation to Congress came together recently for a PSA designed to help gay teens through tough times. They all participated in the "It Gets Better” campaign, minus one person. The minus one is Sen. Scott Brown.”


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