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Legal Rights For Gay Hoosiers? Okay, But Marriage Still Appears Off The Table

Indianaequality_2New polling data from Indiana Equality show that Hoosiers favor hospital visitation rights and inheritance rights for gay people, which are two of the legal rights associated with marriage. However, the poll didn't specifically ask about gay marriage:

"A majority of Indiana residents favor hospital visitation rights and inheritance rights for gay people, according to a survey released Wednesday.

"However, the poll commissioned by the gay rights group, Indiana Equality, did not include a general question about gay marriage, which previous polls have show people are against.

"The telephone poll found that 74 percent of those surveyed said same-sex couples should have hospital visitation rights. About 53 percent supported inheritance rights for same-sex couples.

"Indiana University Center for Survey Research conducted the poll using random dialing to talk to 504 adult Indiana residents from Nov. 11, 2005 through Dec. 27, 2005. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

"The poll shows residents support legal rights associated with marriage, but most people think of marriage as something more than rights, said Ellen Andersen, a political science professor at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

"Religious significance and a transition into adulthood also play a role, she said."

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You have GOT to be kidding me. Marriage as a "transition into adulthood"??? Never mind the fact that "religious significance" is a matter for the church and not for government, but now marriage is a way to *become* an adult, not something that you do *after you're already* an adult?

Oh, and one assumes that most of the other 47% oppose inheritance rights. And other people's inheritance is their business... why? Oh, right, because eventually someone will want to leave their entire state to their dog. And then what would we do?

Good grief.

Here is what I don't get. I had a holy union at my church. Why isn't the refusal of the State to recognize my marriage as valid as a violation of my religious freedom? I mean the state and federal governments both recognize my church as a religious institution. If my church recognizes my marriage, why not the government?

It IS a violation of your religious freedom. In contravention of the First Amendment, they have made laws that establish religion (recognition of a religious sacrament, namely marriage), and they have prohibited your free exercise of religion by denying legal recognition when in other cases they bestow it. They have also violated equal protection.

C'mon Folks - even here people just don't get it ... no one cares about rights or fairness or religion or sexual preference, it's about wedge issues and making people feel threatened in order to get their votes. Period! If they could make everyone feel that martians were coming and you'd need them in office to save you .... well, guess what! Avian Flu, SARS, gay marriage, and who knows what else the Reps will come up with to scare people into voting for them. Anyone out there still have their duct tape!

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