NOM Continues to Delude Itself


The National Organization for Marriage has a real problem. Public opinion has shifted massively on marriage equality, which a majority now supporting it, and the pro-equality side went 4-for-4 in state referendum fights on the ballot last year. But they can’t admit that because it might cost them funding and dishearten their members, so they choose instead to play pretend with really bad arguments:

In England, a recent report showed that nearly two-thirds of MP’s believe that supporting gay ‘marriage’ is a ‘vote loser.’ And reports from local Conservative associations show a rapid decline in membership, with gay marriage seen as one of the reasons. Now even the Prime Minister, David Cameron, is saying that he regrets “forcing” marriage redefinition through the Parliament.

Thumbs DownThe same can be said in America. Despite the droning drumbeat of the mainstream media, nearly two-thirds – 65 percent – of Americans disapprove of redefining marriage.

During the November 2012 elections, true marriage out-polled the Romney campaign in all four states marriage was on the ballot – by double digit margins!

Uh, yeah. But you lost in all four of those states. And the claim that 65% of Americans oppose marriage equality appears to be rectally-derived. You can find all of the recent polls on the subject here. Not one of them shows a majority opposing equality. Every single one shows at least a plurality supporting it and nearly all of them show majority support. Here are the ten most recent results (the ones specifically about whether they would support a law legalizing same-sex marriage, not the ones about the Supreme Court’s ruling specifically):

Bloomberg National Poll, Sept. 20-23, 2013: 55%-36%.

CBS News Poll. July 18-22, 2013: 55%-39%.

Gallup Poll. July 10-14, 2013: 54%-43%.

Quinnipiac University Poll. June 28-July 8, 2013: 49%-44%.

USA Today Poll, June 27-30, 2013: 55%-40%.

CNN/ORC Poll. June 11-13, 2013: 55%-44%.

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 5-9, 2013: 57%-40%.

Public Religion Research Institute. May 15-19, 2013: 52%-43%.

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, April 5-8, 2013: 53%-42%.

CBS News Poll. March 20-24, 2013: 53%-39%.

The data could hardly be more clear. But when facts contradict ideology, or worse fundraising efforts, facts must be made to disappear.

Comments

  1. eric says

    And the claim that 65% of Americans oppose marriage equality appears to be rectally-derived.

    Don’t worry, Dean Chambers will be along soon to unskew all the polls and tell us that it’s really 95% of people who oppose legal same sex marriage.

  2. abb3w says

    The NOM blog looks like it could be an interesting source of fodder for Ed.

    In (unpleasant) particular, they recently gave (horribly indirect) pointers to remarks by Regnerus on (doi:10.1007/s11150-013-9220-y) “High School Graduation Rates Among Children Of Same-Sex Households”, based on Canadian Census data. That study does not look to have hit the radar for much of the media yet; I expect that to change in the next 48 hours, however.

  3. says

    abb3w “In (unpleasant) particular, they recently gave (horribly indirect) pointers to remarks by Regnerus on (doi:10.1007/s11150-013-9220-y) “High School Graduation Rates Among Children Of Same-Sex Households”, based on Canadian Census data.”
    That’s ridiculous. Canada doesn’t have a census. Or high schools.

  4. Trebuchet says

    @Modus, #6:

    That’s ridiculous. Canada doesn’t have a census. Or high schools.

    But it does have a fifth columnist infiltrator in the R party who has managed to shut down the US government!

  5. says

    Trebuchet “@Modus, #6: But it does have a fifth columnist infiltrator in the R party who has managed to shut down the US government!”
    That’s his American half. It’s the Canadian half that keeps dropping his gloves, pulling other people’s jerseys over their heads and punching them.*

    * Don Cherry, via Coaches’ Corner, on Cruz: “Heeza good kid, and the Caps are glad to have ‘im. This Cruz kid plays hard, anee hits hard. Like hockeez suppos to be played. Not like dem yer-upeeans, over there in Sweedland.”

  6. says

    nearly two-thirds – 65 percent – of Americans disapprove of redefining marriage

    I too disapprove of redefining marriage. The only difference is I believe that marriage already includes same-sex couples. It’s just the way it’s applied that needs changing.

  7. exdrone says

    modus @5:

    That’s ridiculous. Canada doesn’t have a census.

    You’re closer than you might expect. We just had an 89-year-old woman acquitted of the charge of not submitting a mandatory census form. She disagreed with Lockheed-Martin, a defence industry, having the contract for managing the census data collection and objected to sending them her personal data. Anyways, the legal precedent here seems, indeed, to undermine our ability to conduct a mandatory census.

  8. says

    Orson Scott Card is still a member of this utterly delusional fine organization, is he not?

    Can’t say he wrote it personally, but the quoted portion seems to have his fat little fingerprints all over it for some odd (and I do mean odd) reason.

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