Why Are Americans Changing Their Mind on Gay Marriage?

Monday, June 06, 2011

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Since 1996, Gallup has been polling Americans about gay marriage. In the past, the majority of their respondents were opposed to it being legally recognized. But last month, for the first time, the majority of respondents said they were in favor of gay marriage being legalized. Why are Americans changing their minds?

Last year, Louis Marinelli helped organize the 2010 Summer for Marriage Tour which stood in opposition to gay marriage. This year, Louis is leading the Summer for Marriage Equality Tour. Jeff Angelo also joins us. A former Iowa State Senator and Republican, he used to be opposed to gay marriage, but has since founded Iowa Republicans for Freedom, an organization that supports marriage equality.

 

Guests:

Jeff Angelo and Louis Marinelli

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [6]

billy wingarden from NE USA

Michael from CA

thanks for your religious comment.

Marriage (or civil unions) for gays has taken over almost all of the westernized world. Only italy and greece to not have these policies in w. Europe

Once totally catholic Latin America - 6 countries- 3=3, ahve marriage or civil unions, and Chile is probably going to be next

And about 10 other countries as well.

the question is not why do we not have marriage for gay people under civil law - its why the people most opposed to gays are those whose predecessors gave us slavery, the KKK and segregation. Of which again we were one of the last western nations to get rid of these horrible social ills.

As well as the catholic church (not their people who support gay M or CU by about 3 to 1)- why the vaican is so opposed.

the vatican whose german pope in 2009 UNexcomunicated Bishop Wiilliamson, who is a holocaust denier kicked out of the church of england.

Jun. 13 2011 03:46 AM

Ed from Larchmont .....said..........

I think that there is a misunderstanding of church and state separation again. When we vote or take a position, we do so as whole human beings, faith and all. We can take any position from any source. If this is made into law, the courts decide if it constitutes an establishment of religion.

Further, as Catholics, we can't do anything to support same sex marriage. end quote

Ed - you are trying to force your religious beliefs on our secular society. Freedom of religioin means freedom from religions we dont believe in.

To take your statement to its logical conclusion, consider that the whole USA South supported slavery, the KKK and segregation.

the people behind that are the same religious culture, that to day are the most virulent in trying to keep gay people as second class citizens.

What you do in your church is your biz, and I would be there supporting you if some gay people tried to force you to do a gay marriage. Same as I would support my wifes Jewish temple if some group tried to force them to do an islamic marriage.

its all about separation of church and state, and religious freedom, which works both ways.

And remember that the gays want civil marriage . Has nothing to do with church marriage except the word.

MY daughter is fully legally married to an asian. In a civil marriage, no religious people.

and it was the year we got married that about 40 state laws that banned inter-racial marriage were finally overturned by the courts. i had no idea at that time how that change would affect our families life.

I do understand from many gay friends how allowing marriage under CIVIL law will help them.

BTW there are about 5 or 6 mainstream churches that will do gay marriage or committment ceremonies.

But without a STATE Marriage license, there are no legal or contractual benefits attached.

Laws that then were supported by eg 95 % of the people in CA were outraged. Today inter-racial marriage is everyday, every where and every place.

And re procreation, people can get married even if they cannot have children, dont want children etc etc. Procreation is a false argument against gay marriage.

Peace. But its hard to change I know personally when you have lived with certain religious ideas for most of your life.

Jun. 06 2011 04:22 PM
stevemd2 from baltimore md

Ed from Larchmont

I think that there is a misunderstanding of church and state separation again. When we vote or take a position, we do so as whole human beings, faith and all. We can take any position from any source. If this is made into law, the courts decide if it constitutes an establishment of religion.

Further, as Catholics, we can't do anything to support same sex marriage. end quote

Ed - you are trying to force your religious beliefs on our secular society. Freedom of religioin means freedom from religions we dont believe in.

To take your statement to its logical conclusion, consider that the whole USA South supported slavery, the KKK and segregation.

the people behind that are the same religious culture, that to day are the most virulent in trying to keep gay people as second class citizens.

What you do in your church is your biz, and I would be there supporting you if some gay people tried to force you to do a gay marriage. Same as I would support my wifes Jewish temple if some group tried to force them to do an islamic marriage.

its all about separation of church and state, and religious freedom, which works both ways.

And remember that the gays want civil marriage . Has nothign to do with church marriage except the word.

MY daughter is fully legally married to an asian. In a civil marriage, no religious people.

and it was the year we got married that about 40 state laws that banned inter-racial marriage were finally overturned by the courts.

Laws that then were supported by eg 95 % of the people in CA were outraged. Today inter-racial marriage is everyday, every where and every place.

And re procreation, people can get married even if they cannot have children, dont want children etc etc. Procreation is a false argument against gay marriage.

Peace. But its hard to change I know personally when you have lived with certain religious ideas for most of your life.

Jun. 06 2011 04:15 PM
ophu from Louisiana

Thanks to the information age, we now have the means to tell our stories. So to a certain degree, we've demystified ourselves. We've made ourselves more visible, and more knowable. Mainstream America sees us now and guess what, we're not as scary as they thought. So the fear has started to dissipate.

Jun. 06 2011 01:25 PM
Ed from Larchmont

I think that there is a misunderstanding of church and state separation again. When we vote or take a position, we do so as whole human beings, faith and all. We can take any position from any source. If this is made into law, the courts decide if it constitutes an establishment of religion.

Further, as Catholics, we can't do anything to support same sex marriage.

Jun. 06 2011 07:56 AM
Michael from California

The Holy Spirit does move hearts and minds. God bless Mr. Marinelli and Mr. Angelo. God is good!

Jun. 06 2011 06:18 AM

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