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"The prospects are still dim for defeating the marriage amendment on North Carolina’s 2012 May primary ballot, but those who say they will probably vote then have moved slightly against it since last month. In early October, 61% said they would vote for the amendment which would make marriage between one man and one woman the only valid domestic legal union in the state, and 34% said they would vote against it. In PPP’s latest poll, that has dropped a bit to 59-35. Democrats have moved 11 points against it, from 49-44 for the amendment to 42-48 against. Balancing that, though, is independents, who are now for it, 58-37, down 12 points from 52-43."However, when it comes to support for some kind of legal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships, there is more support among likely voters, depending on how the questions are asked:
While 59% of probable primary voters want same-sex marriage to be illegal, that is down from 63% a month ago. And the level of those who say they support at least civil unions with the same legal rights as marriage is up to 60% from 51%. Support for full marriage equality is at 26% from 22% and civil unions at 34% from 29%. Since the amendment would ban civil unions as well as marriage for gay couples, there is hope that Democrats and independents can be persuaded to vote against it. 71% of Democrats and 64% of independents who say they will vote next May support at least civil unions, up from 60% and 59%.
"The decision to adopt a child has brought profound joy and meaning into the lives of Americans across our country. Parents are moved to adopt for reasons as unique and varied as the children they embrace, but they are unified by the remarkable grace of their acts. Adoptive families come in all forms. With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure that all qualified caregivers are given the opportunity to serve as adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status."
"I went to Oklahoma and spent three days with her and Charlie," Hodge told me at GLSEN's Respect Awards. "I was the first gay man—gay person!—she agreed to talk to in 33 years."
"She was panicked to meet me and I was panicked to meet her," said Hodge, who most recently was executive producer of The Playboy Club.
The two eventually warmed to each other. "We talked about everything," Hodge said. "Religion, homosexuality, her life and every detail of her life. I mean, everything! She really opened up to me. It started very standoffish...but then it slowly took a turn and she opened up and cried to me."
Hodge smiled, "Turns out she wants a gay best friend just like everyone else."Cry me a river, Bitch!