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Pa. Divided on Same Sex Marriage

A new poll shows Pennsylvania voters support same-sex marriage by a small margin.

Same-sex marriage is still a topic being debated in Pennsylvania.

More voters (47 percent) support same-sex marriage than oppose it (43 percent), according to a January Quinnipiac University poll, but the margin is still small.

The numbers were even closer among men polled, with 44 percent supporting and 46 opposing same-sex marriage. Women were less split with 50 percent supporting same-sex unions and 40 percent opposing them.

When the voters polled were split by religion, 50 percent of white Catholics support same-sex unions with 40 percent oppose them. White Protestants were less accepting with 31 percent in support of same-sex unions and 60 percent opposing them.

Of the Republicans polled, 23 percent support it, while 67 percent oppose them, which is almost flipped by the Democrats polled; 65 percent support same-sex unions and 27 percent oppose them.

Younger voters polled with more education and higher incomes were more likely to be in support of same-sex marriage than their counterparts.

“We can see from the results of this poll that Pennsylvanians are growing more and more supportive of marriage equality, especially in the younger age bracket,” said state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) in a news release. “While these results are heartening, our work is far from over. We must work together to encourage further progress and to make marriage equality legal in our Commonwealth.”

Leach has introduced a marriage equality bill during the last three consecutive legislative sessions. He noted that he plans to reintroduce the bill this year.

Click here and scroll down to question 12 for the full findings of the poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,221 registered voters between January 22 and 27. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent

Ego_Death February 07, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Tim- Who are you to judge what is right and wrong? Why is what you think as right the end all and be all? To even suggest a natural act of love is wrong proves how closed minded you are. Also, how come slavery and rape were not mentioned in the original 10 commandments? Maybe because they were accepted practices of the day and not deemed as wrong in society at that time. Those that partook knew no better... Which is also the reason why I think organized religion is a crock of shit. It was made by man to manipulate man and to try to explain things that science does now. Morality is still a subjective concept based on what your beliefs are and what you have learned in your life through experience and will change over time and over different cultures.
Tim Lewis February 07, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Sergei, it is clear you don't know very much about life, let alone theology. From previous posts, you make too many leaps and assumptions, beginning with "why do you support Rich Republicans". 1) How do you know what I do and do not support? My specific political positions might surprise you; 2) the fact that you equate conservative political positions with support for the rich, it simply shows how little you understand what it is about and how shallow is your thinking. True conservative thought is nothing about the rich but is about equal opportunity for all. I believe government is the worse vehicle for making things better, and can point to the "War on Poverty". Hows that one going? Things get worse as the welfare state expands.
Tim Lewis February 07, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Ego, that line of thinking ultimately leads to the inevitable conclusion that there can be no right or wrong. Who are you to judge whether or not Stalin, Hitler, Mao, mass shooters and others have it wrong? Perhaps, for them, in their "morality", it was right and who are you to call it wrong? I would also amend your description to "an unnatural act of love".
Ego_Death February 07, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Only that it changes over time, based on the values of the society. What was right 1000 years ago is wrong today. What maybe right today could be wrong in 1000 years as we develop. The point is that it is subjective and not absolute, although 99.99% of all would think the execution of millions based on inferior genes is wrong, there was a group that thought it right. There is a big difference in murder (negatively affecting anothers right to live) and homosexuality as it does not interfere with anyone else besides those willingly involved. As far as unnatural... Homosexuality occurs in nature, it is a proven fact. I have a friend whose male dog will not go near another female dog but look out if your a male dog...How often do angels occur in nature?
kevin February 07, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Tim! Man you arent getting anything right are you? America was founded as and still is (though to a lesser degree) a Christian nation. And what did those Judeo-Christian morals get us? Skepticism of both science and social progress, marginalization of women, the idea that gays are lesser people and a bunch of molested kids. None of these notions are indicative of objective truth, but rather a very subjective dogma passed down from generation to generation as received wisdom. You say western civilization is built upon christianity's foundations; I believe civilization is infected with christianity's hypocrisy.

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