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Congratulations Judge Quinones

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June 14, 2013
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Yesterday the U.S. Senate confirmed Nitza Quinones Alejandro, the first openly lesbian Latina federal court judge in the United States. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: QuiƱones earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Puerto Rico. She worked with Community Legal Services from 1975 to 1977, was an attorney […]

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Alice loves George: McGovern and the gays

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October 23, 2012
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Toklas Club on McGovern  LA journalist Karen Ocamb has posted a fascinating recounting of the little known connections between the late George McGovern and the infant gay civil rights movement. Much of it concerns the environs of the Democratic Party, circa 1972. During the presidential primaries, the Alice B. Toklas Club in San Francisco was […]

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Positive trend, deep conflict and major ambivalence reflected in opinion poll on marriage

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September 17, 2011

The most recent opinion poll on relationship and marriage rights for same-sex couples illustrates what a cat's cradle this issue is right now. Associated Press, which co-sponsored the poll with the National Constitution Center, reports that  53% favor relationship recognition with equal rights; 44% oppose 42% favor states allowing same-sex marriage; 45% oppose 48% favor […]

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Pew research confirms growing support for marriage equality

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October 6, 2010

The Pew Foundation, one of the nation's most respected survey research organizations, issued a report today confirming what several recent media polls have shown: that public support for same-sex marriage is steadily increasing. The Pew data provide demographic breakdowns showing that this support is growing in each subgroup of the population, although at different rates. […]

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Study finds that campaign polls overestimate voter support for equal marriage laws

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June 15, 2010

NYU Political Science Professor Patrick Egan has studied 10 years worth of public opinion polling conducted during election campaigns involving same-sex marriage ballot questions, and found that such polls (even those conducted just before election day) consistently overestimate voter support for gay marriage. Comparing pre-election polls with the election results, Professor Egan's study concluded that […]

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New study urges lgbt message of “joining” marriage

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March 2, 2010

A new report entitled Moving_the_Middle_on_Marriage, from a DC think tank, argues that the key to success in lgbt efforts to persuade voters to support equal marriage rights is to show "that allowing gay couples to marry won't change the tradition [of marriage] or how their kids perceive it." The report is based on polls conducted […]

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