A short was on a new Gallup poll of white, religious voters. A key punch line is that they put SSM way down the list of issues. Asking both frequent church goers and the lesser churched, "Gay marriage? Oh, right. It was a top priority for just two percent of the people in either group."
Their attention went to the Iraq war, immigration and health care. Everything else was single digits. As a touchstone, the self-identified religious put Iraq up top at 68%, and the other put it at 60%.
Whether Americans think they covered their bases with DOMA amendments and laws was not a question. Also, longer-term, we'll have to see how quickly voters in the many such states begin feeling embarrassed and inclined to remove the legal and constitutional discrimination they endorsed recently.
Meanwhile, even a hotbed of hate, Colorado, is hearing far less bluster about the alleged radical homosexual agenda. As Salon reports it, even U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave has realized she can't get much traction there. Now, she's saying, "I am running on a platform of security. Economic security. Border security. National security."Only six weeks ago, this chief sponsor of the state's anti-SSM constitutional amendment when she was a state rep said, "As we face the issues we're facing today, I don't think there is anything more important than the marriage issue. If we have gay marriage, our religious liberties are gone."
Now, poll results have prompted numerous anti-SSM pols to tone down and try other clichés. Even such nasties as Focus on the Family are trying to shift attention to slamming Democrats instead of bludgeoning homosexuals.
Colorado State University political scientist, John Straayer thinks, "It has sort of worn itself out for some voters... the Democrats' success is as much attributable to what the Republicans are doing than to what [Dems] are doing themselves."
Musgrave has been comfortable as she is vitriolic in a state that hasn't elected a Democrat to Congress in three decades. Now she could well lose to one, Angie Paccione.
A political activist and attorney in Denver, Ted Trimpa doesn't pretend that this is a sudden acceptance of homosexuals and SSM in his state. Instead, he says, "If things go as they look like they might, in the heartland of America voters are going to reject candidates with extremist political positions. What that says to me is the pendulum has swung, that the luster of using us as a political toy has passed."
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