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September 22, 2009

Same-sex marriage fading as a "values" wedge issue?

The political web site FiveThirtyEight notes that in a straw poll at last weekend's D.C. conference of conservative Christian activists, abortion ranked first among issues of concern, with protection of religious liberty second with 18 percent.  Opposition to same-sex marriage was third at 7 percent.  Two years ago, gay marriage topped the concerns at the same conference, registering 20 percent.  As analyst Nate Silver observes,

Public opinion is moving toward acceptance of gay marriage. But it is doing so very slowly, at a rate of perhaps a point or two per year, and has at least a few years to go before it is the majority opinion. In the near term, the more relevant dimension may be 'passion', or depth of feeling. It used to be that the conservatives were ahead on passion -- they were strongly opposed to gay marriage, whereas liberals were, at best, lukewarmly in favor of it. Increasingly, that dynamic seems to be reversing.

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