America Outlaws Gay Marriage

Six of the eight states where 50 percent or more of the public supports gay marriage are the states with the highest proportion of Catholics, ranging from Rhode Island at 46 percent to New York and California at 37 percent. Meanwhile, the eight states most opposed to gay marriage include six of the seven with the lowest proportion of Catholics, from Alabama at six percent to North Carolina at nine percent. In other words, support for same-sex marriage is directly related to the proportion of Catholics in a given state

·         85% of Mississippi voters amend state constitution in 2001

·         76% of Texas voters pass Proposition 2

·         71.6% of Kentucky voters amend state constitution

·         70% of Nebraska voters amend state constitution with Initiative 416

·         69.4% of Nevada voters amend state constitution

·         68% of Alaska’s voters amend state constitution

·         66% of Hawaii legislators amend state constitution, 69% of voters endorsed that amendment

·         61.4% of California voters pass Proposition 22 on March 7, 2000, then again 53% pass Proposition 8 in November 2009

·         57% of Oregon voters reject the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and amend their state constitution

·         53.4% of Colorado Voters amend state constitution on November 3, 1993

·         Oklahoman voters made it a crime for a public official to issue gay marriage licenses

·         FEDERAL DOMA law passed on September 21, 1996 ends gay marriage

·         Voters in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah all approved anti-same-sex marriage amendments by double-digit margins”, per CNN

·         “Focus On the Family” reported that 35 states had already passed DOMA laws prior to California voters passing Proposition 8 in a landslide victory, making that 36 states

·         Voters in Maine and Washington reject their legislator’s initiatives to recognize gay marriage

·         40% of Canadian voters want to recognize gay marriage

·         Seven states have laws that define marriage as a legal union between a man and woman, deny recognition of same-sex marriages solemnized in other states, and make same-sex marriage a violation of public policy. These states are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Missouri

·         Six states define marriage as a union between a man and woman and deny recognition of same-sex marriages solemnized in other states. These states are Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and West Virginia

·         Four states deny recognition of same-sex marriages solemnized in other states and make such marriages a violation of public policy. These states are Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, and South Carolina

·         Three states-Colorado, Kansas, and Tennessee-define marriage as a legal union between a man and women and make same-sex marriage a violation of public policy

·         The 15 remaining states have laws that contain only one provision rather than a combination of those discussed above

·         Only three of the 37 DOMA states use the federal definition of a "spouse" as a member of the opposite sex who is legally married as husband or wife. These states are Florida, North Dakota, and Texas

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2002/olrdata/jud/rpt/2002-R-0957.htm

 

87% of the American Jewish Committee support gay marriage