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News Flash: 92% of Iowans Say Gay Marriage Has Had No Impact on Their Lives

Despite Iowa's legalization of same-sex marriage earlier this year, 92 percent of people there say life has continued as normal. Surprise! Apparently allowing gay people to participate in an institution designed to stabilize society hasn't caused all hell to break loose or threatened anyone's "traditional" marriage (or divorce).

Ironically, this same poll found that Iowans are still divided about whether gay marriage should be legal — 41 percent said they would vote to ban gay marriage and 40 percent said they would vote to continue it. Certain respondents must not have cared about the cognitive dissonance required to say on the one hand, gay marriage has brought no change to my life, but on the other, I'm still opposed to it.

Do these contradictory opinions surprise you?

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biarose biarose 7 years
I think it's just that marriage is traditionally a christian union.. but then, muslims and hindus and people who have no religion at all are allowed to be married.. so I suppose it doesn't make much sense! lilkimbio and spacekatgirl- you guys sound so political! I can barely understand what you guys are saying, lol it makes me feel stupid!
Muirnea Muirnea 7 years
Of course. I don't think this is much of a surprise to anyone. notime: I absolutely agree with you, very well put. Religion should have no part whatsoever in deciding the laws of our country. Everyone should feel free to be whatever religion they would like, WITHOUT TRYING TO THEN FORCE THEIR BELIEFS ON OTHER PEOPLE through the use of the law. I also agree with staple salad. CaterpillarGirl: "the most laughable statement I have heard in awhile. Are you lumping christianity and religion together? or just ignorant for ignorant sake? " How is that a laughable statement? As far as I can tell, it's basically true. Why else would religious people expect the entire country to live according to what they and only they, believe is right? Also, why can't Christianity and religion be lumped together? Last I checked, Christianity was a type of religion...? And what does that even have to do with the issues? I can't see where anyone started talking about Christianity specifically rather than just religion....maybe I'm just missing it.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I don't claim that progressives are anti-gay rights. I claim that the Democratic Party as a whole, and particularly those with power in the party, aren't as progressive as some people would like to think.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
All I have to say about this survey is: DUH! Of course it doesn't impact most people's lives, other than the ones who get to marry when they previously were unable to. Gay marriage should be a non-issue, what people do in their own homes and who they love is not a public concern, and allowing gay people to marry won't change anything except it'll makes everyone a little more equal. Gee whiz. If only we could get that message across to the people of California (and, well, everyone else...)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Spacekat, I referred to the official platforms of the parties, which are the same. I don't appreciate the fact that you called me a liar, not matter how you worded it. I think it's very telling that people always turn to Rush and other pundits who are not elected representatives of the party when they are bashing Republicans. Savage himself says that he's conservative and not necessarily Republican. I think the general tone amongst Democrats is actually much less polite and much more self-righteous. (Of course, there are always exceptions.)
imLissy imLissy 7 years
people aren't complete idiots. They realize that allowing certain people to get married won't directly effect them. It's not about that. The problem is they think they invited marriage and all marriages should be defined by their rules.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I think it's worth pointing out that the official platforms of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party contain the same position when it comes to gay marriage. (I happen to disagree with both parties, but I'm tired of the way Republicans are constantly vilified.)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
"Not really. The religious people just want control over other people's lives, whether it affects them in any way or not" the most laughable statement I have heard in awhile. Are you lumping christianity and religion together? or just ignorant for ignorant sake?
biarose biarose 7 years
No because most opposition to gay marriage has to do with religious beliefs.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
It's unfortunate that this is still an issue, but I am hopeful that my generation will be able to change that some day. I believe in equality for all.
janneth janneth 7 years
It is a legal contract. Not a sanctified union, although many churches will perform gay marriages.
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
Not really. The religious people just want control over other people's lives, whether it affects them in any way or not. Which is why I hate many religious people (ok, maybe not hate... that's a little strong, but certainly want them to reform their views on life so that it's not destructive toward other people, ie, refusing to give people rights because of their entirely PERSONAL beliefs).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
its not about your life changing, Opponents dont think that their daily lives are going to be some how rerouted to gayville, its a religious issue for them.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
How ironic that they have it in one of the most conservative states and it just got voted down here on the "left coast".......
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