New Poll: 58% of NJ Voters Oppose SSM, if Civil Unions Offered As Option


In the New Jersey Star Ledger, the difference between giving people all the options and narrowing their choices becomes clear:

The poll [PDF], by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found 47 percent of voters [in New Jersey] wanted to legalize marriage between same-sex partners, while 42 percent wanted to keep it illegal.

... But when the pollster asked the question a different way, a majority of voters opposed gay marriage. When asked if gay couples should be able to legally marry, enter into civil unions but not marry, or not have their relationship recognized at all, 41 percent favored marriage, 40 percent favored civil unions but not marriage, and 17 percent wanted no recognition.


  1. Badger
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    So 81% favour some sort of legal recognition of relationships for sames-sex couples

  2. Marty
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Even I am not opposed to "some sort of legal recognition" for same-sex couples. But I am VEHEMENTLY opposed to calling things "equal" when they are so clearly not equal.

    Separate is never equal. Two men cannot "equal" marriage any more than two left shoes can equal a "pair of shoes".

  3. Garrett
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    But if you were born with two left feet, you'd probably need those shoes, wouldn't you?

  4. Posted August 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Isn't NOM against Civil Unions, too?

  5. Marty
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Garrett, yes that happens -- and they rightly call it a birth defect and try to prevent future occurrences. And you get to buy twice as many shoes (and throw away a pair of righties). Hardly "equal", would you say?

  6. Badger
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    So you support civil unions, Marty? NOM doesn't. The poll shows that 81% of NJ disagrees with NOM's agenda.

  7. Marty
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Personally? No I don't support CU. Anything less than man+woman marriage is... something less. Reciprocal Beneficiaries seems fairest, but in my view probably such a poor substitute for "the real thing" that we have to ask ourselves is the ideal worth fighting for or defending? Or shall we just create a "marriage lite but not really" for gays, roomates, sisters, cohabitators, etc?

    Seems to me like we owe more to our children than that.

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