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Americans More Open Minded on Social Issues

Americans More Open-Minded About Social Issues

When conservative ex-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee attacked Natalie Portman for her pregnancy, I'd like to think it comes off as predictable and almost comical to most. Channeling Dan Quayle's Murphy Brown moment, Huckabee said:

"Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, 'Hey look, you know, we're having children, we're not married, but we're having these children, and they're doing just fine.' But there aren't really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of children out of wedlock."

Huckabee must not be up on his Hollywood gossip; Natalie, who is engaged to Benjamin Millepied, is not a single mom-to-be. And anyone who can't tell Natalie Portman has more money than most expecting mothers has bigger problems to worry about. Don't even get me started on the hypocrisy of conservatives praising the ironic abstinence position of teen mom Bristol Palin. Thankfully, new data show more Americans have views on social issues that are more progressive than Huckabee's.

A new survey from Pew found that support for gay marriage and legal abortion is at an all-time high. In 2009, only 37 percent of independent voters supported gay marriage. Today 51 percent do. As for abortion, 51 percent of independents want it to be legal, compared to 37 percent in 2009. Overall, 54 percent of Americans support legal abortion, up from 50 percent in 2009, and 45 percent support gay marriage (while 46 percent oppose), up from 42 percent in 2009.

We can only hope that this shift will make politicians rethink ridiculous "family value" critiques of actresses, and more importantly convince them to stop defunding crucial reproductive health institutions like Planned Parenthood while also promoting marriage inequality.

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lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
"Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance", look at the economy and the educational systems in place right now. what is unemployment now, 10%? 1 in 7 americans live in poverty. its not as if being a single moms are alone in their plight. and btw, all of the single moms i know are actually doing MUCH better, in every way, than when they were with their baby-daddy. emotionally, financially, etc. the men are the ones that don't seem to be able to move on, spreading hate and resentment about their ex's.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I really dislike the blame culture. Whatever happened to personal responsibility?
IdeaOfOrder IdeaOfOrder 6 years
What's hypocritical about what Huckabee said? He wasn't condemning Natalie Portman for choosing to have a child, he was upset with her chosen message which he interpreted as being: 'having a baby outside of marriage is the best thing that's ever happened to me.' While I don't agree with a lot of what Huckabee says, I can understand his frustration that someone in her position (lots of $$) touts what she has as fantastic because there are people that will be impacted by her message and they may not have her resources or support.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
Dan Quayle said something similar about the Murphy Brown character twenty-something years ago. I don't understand why these male politicians are always questioning the family values of women.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
There is a lot of anti-conservativism on this site, I can't blame even-minded conservatives for being upset. Huckabee should stay out of Hollywood's bedrooms/nurseries... but why do you have to drag Bristol Palin and abortion into it? This is more of an anti-conservative rant than an article.
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I'm glad to see that I am not the only conservative reader who is tired of being looked down upon just because my views are different than the writers and the majority of the readers are liberal. Our views are different, and that's fine. However, just like you all would expect me and other coservatives to treat you with respect, I expect to be treated the same way. Tres, you say that conservatives' views on family is "ridiculous;" how would you react if I said the same thing to you or to other readers? I would be called "oppressive," "closed-minded," and a number of other things...
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 6 years
Agreed #6.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Very good point Anon #3.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
Isn't she with the father of her child? No all single mothers are mothers who had their children out of wedlock. There are a lot of women who are divorced. Being married doesn't guarantee you a father for your child. I'm just saying...
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 6 years
I thought that articles on popsugar weren't slanted and politically neutral.
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