Let’s hear it for the Nones

by on April 11, 2009  •  In Marriage

From today's NY Times, another indicator of the link between religiosity and opposition to same-sex marriage, not that there was any doubt –

The passage of gay marriage legislation in VermontRelig is momentous, but not necessarily a sign of momentum. Of all the states with pending gay marriage legislation, Vermont may well have been the easiest. Why? Because Vermont is the least religious….

According to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (A.R.I.S.) released last month, a whopping 34 percent of respondents in Vermont said that they were not religious (the survey labeled them the “Nones”). That was the most of any state.

These Nones are very liberal voters. The Nones in Vermont voted more heavily for Barack Obama in November than any of the religious groups in the state. (Vermont gave Obama his second widest margin of victory. The widest margin was in his native Hawaii.) And, Nones in general are overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage; … they voted nine to one against Proposition 8 in California.

According to the A.R.I.S. survey, only 14 percent of New Yorkers fall into the Nones category. (There is a higher percentage of Nones in West Virginia than in New York.) And, a Quinnipiac University poll released this week found that 51 percent of Democrats in New York supported civil unions or no legal right at all for gay couples over gay marriage.



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