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May 09, 2006

the future of gay rights

In the Detroit News, Deb Price has an article entitled, "Gay marriage's future lies with DotNet youngsters." She writes:

Even two years ago, 15- to 25-year-olds favored gay marriage by 56 percent to 39 percent, according to a national survey by the University of Maryland's youth think tank, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE at civicyouth.org).

"Each generation has come of age being considerably more tolerant and become even more so," says CIRCLE director Peter Levine, who tracked the attitudes of generational groups over time.

"This youngest generation is very tolerant, a very large group, and they have turned around the voting decline in the first election in which they could vote. If you put all that together, it spells a huge change in gay rights -- and one not very far off," he adds.

I was thinking of this kind of pattern, which is also seen in other survey questions about tolerance for gays:

[I'm also in a podcast by Joanna Welch, talking about the importance of being able to manipulate, recombine, and parody audio recordings of politics.]

Posted by peterlevine at May 9, 2006 05:05 PM


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