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But nothing I haven't said before.
A new study on California's Proposition 8 voting trends released Tuesday found that far fewer African-Americans voted to pass the gay marriage ban than the 70% suggested by exit polling and concluded that race was not the most significant factor affecting people’s vote for or against marriage equality.
—"Prop. 8 Exit Polling of African-Americans Way Off, Experts Say"

The article summarizes a report which is available as a PDF, "California’s Proposition 8: What Happened, and What Does the Future Hold?"

The report examines how different factors (including having lesbian and gay family and friends) affected voting. Special emphasis is placed on examining the Black vote in California. Highlights:
Surveys conducted just before and just after Election Day found much smaller differences in support for Proposition 8 between African Americans and voters as a whole than did the NEP exit poll. The NEP result should thus be treated as an outlier that overstates black support for Proposition 8.
Evidence from precinct-level voting returns suggests that African American support for Proposition 8 was in the range of 57 to 59 percent.
This is consistent with the LA-area exit polls by the Leavey Institute that I mentioned in November.

Some of you may be wondering why I'm still talking about this? The answer is because the stupid just keeps coming back up.
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Wow. It was just pointed out by [ profile] tahnan on the NPL mailing list that the definition of marriage has changed in the new edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Since I don't expect the readers of this journal to have two copies on hand for comparison (as the readers of that list likely do), here are the relevant texts:

From Merriam-Webster's Tenth Edition [link removed, 10th ed. is no longer online, 10/26/10]:
mar riage 1 a : the state of being married b : the mutual relation of husband and wife : WEDLOCK c : the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family
And the Eleventh Edition [link changed, 10/26/10]:
mar riage 1 a (1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage {same-sex marriage} b : the mutual relation of married persons : WEDLOCK c : the institution whereby individuals are joined in a marriage
And everyone wonders why I tell them to have an up-to-date dictionary.


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