Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quote of the Day

The most interesting part of the Star Tribune's recent poll on the marriage amendment ("Marriage Amendment Divide Is Deep," Nov. 8) is the wide demographic split between young and old, with 70 percent of those older than 65 supporting the proposed anti-gay-marriage amendment, but only 30 percent of those under 35 agreeing.

This suggests that if the amendment passes, it may have the shortest life span of any amendment in Minnesota history. We can expect to be voting on it every two years, until enough older voters die and enough younger people turn 18 to repeal it.

Here's a radical thought: Let's defeat it the first time and be done with it.

– Keith Pickering
"Amendment Would Not Be Long For This World"
Letter to the Editor of the Star Tribune
November 9, 2011

Related Off-site Links:
Minnesota Poll: 48 Percent Back Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
– Andy Birkey (The Minnesota Independent, November 8, 2011).
Poll: Split Support for Amendment Seeking Same-Sex Marriage Ban – Tom Scheck (Minnesota Public Radio, November 11, 2011).
SurveyUSA Poll Shows Eroding Support for Marriage Amendment
– Tom Hauser (, November 10, 2011).
The Return of the Culture Wars
– Kenneth T. Walsh (U.S. News, November 4, 2011).
Minnesota for Marriage Uses Gift Cards to Generate Votes for Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
– Andy Birkey (The Minnesota Independent, November 3, 2011).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Quote of the Day – October 16, 2011
The Political Intrigue (and Money) Behind the MN Marriage Amendment
Senator Scott Dibble's Message of Hope and Optimism
Javen Swanson: "Don't Get Disappointed, Get Organized"
Good News from the Minnesota State Fair
Progressive Perspectives on Archbishop Nienstedt's Anti-Gay Activism
The Minneapolis (and Online) Premiere of Catholics for Marriage Equality
Sharing the Good News of Marriage Equality at the Basilica Block Party
Out and About – May 2011

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