Thursday, January 5, 2012

Washington's Governor to Push for Marriage Equality

Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington has made a public statement that she will push for marriage equality. Most of what she says is correct. But she errs with the oft-repeated, false claim that divorce rates are near 50%. This meme has been going around for a long time and was based on hysterical claims made by the Right using dicey statistical analysis.

Previous polls show that more residents of Washington support marriage equality than oppose it. And when civil unions are added to the mix support surpasses opposition by a two-to-one margin. Conservative groups have suggested they would start a repeal campaign if passed, but polls show that a majority of voters would not support the repeal.

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