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Good. As the article notes, this will make it harder for the Republicans to use it as a way to get out the vote this fall (basically, they run ballot initiatives and other things on anti-gay issues, hoping that the issue will convince far-right Republicans to go vote, and while they're there, vote for Republican candidates).

The Republicans are also using gay adoption as a technique to get out their vote as well, putting gay adoption bans up for votes in 16 or so states.

It's really kind of amazing how vicious the Republican party has become. Having a legitimate difference on taxes or some other issue is one thing, but bashing gays simply because you think it will help you get more votes for Republicans, that's just sick. And it's not what the party used to stand for. Of course, the party stands for absolutely nothing now anyway. More on that later.

One more added thought. This is indicative, I think, of how the conventional wisdom is just wrong. America is not getting redder, or at least not redder in the sense of more Republican, or more Bush Republican. Just like the soccer moms and every other moniker used to describe some massive new trend in America, I think the pundits got the red state thing very wrong.

America simply has not been happy at the Democrats' lack of backbone and lack of a plan. They have not embraced Republicanism, they only voted for it by default. And now that the people have had 5 years of a Republican White House, US House, US Senate, and US Supreme Court, they're no longer enjoying living in GOP nirvana. And this poll shows it.

Gay marriage remains a divisive issue, with 51 percent opposing it, the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found. But almost two-thirds, 63 percent, opposed gay marriage in February 2004.

"Most Americans still oppose gay marriage, but the levels of opposition are down and the number of strong opponents are down," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. "This has some implications for the midterm elections if this trend is maintained. There are gay marriage ballot initiatives in numerous states."....

The number of people who say they strongly oppose gay marriage has dropped from 42 percent in early 2004 to 28 percent now. Strong opposition has dropped sharply among senior citizens and Republicans.

People are now evenly split on allowing adoptions by gay couples and six in 10 now favor allowing gays to serve openly in the military.

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