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ME: Marriage, Job Approval (Pan Atlantic 9/30-10/7)


Pan Atlantic SMS Omnibus Poll
9/30-10/7/09; 401 likely voters, 4.9% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Pan Atlantic SMS release)

Maine

Job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Obama: 58 / 38

Job Performance Rating
Gov. Baldacci: 50% Excellent/Good / 49% Very Poor/Poor

In general, do you favor or oppose President Obama's plan for health care reform?
46% Favor, 41% Oppose

"Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows
individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?" If today was Election
Day, how would you vote on this issue?

43% Yes, 52% No

 

Comments
Acedork87:

Is it just me, or is that a terribly worded and convoluted question on the marriage issue?

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Stillow:

Yes, they worded that lousy.

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Jill:

They did not choose the wording. That is the ballot language. The Maine referendum is a People's Veto that allows a ballot measure for any law passed but the legislature and they are all worded that way "do you want to reject the new law that..."

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Jill:

They did not choose the wording. That is the actual ballot language put in front of voters.

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Stillow:

Then the ballot measure questioning is kind of wacky.

But I am glad to see a majoirty in Maine do not want to reject the law allowing for gay mairage.

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RaleighNC:

I'd love to see Mrs. Snowe's ratings in the state. I read that someone said she's unstoppable in Maine.

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Field Marshal:

What i do not like about the law is it forces priests, deacons, rabbies, etc to perform gay marriages. That is my only objection to the law.

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Stillow:

I don't think thats right. The way I am reading that stupid question is that church's in maine do "not" have to perform them....they are free to refuse on religious grounds.

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GB-VT:

The ME bill does not force religious institutions to perform Gay Marriages. I am a law student in VT, and that was a requirement in our gay marriage bill and that requirement was not in the original NH bill that Lynch vetoed. It was included in the second and then he signed the Bill.

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Stillow:

I don't see how constitutionally you can religious groups to perform gay weddings....

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GB-VT:

Stillow,

I think you left out a word in that comment...confused on what your trying to say

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Stillow:

Your right, the missing word is force....sorry, I am on conference calls all morning and between the yawning and trying to listen, it get swacky.

I just didn't see how you could force a church to perform a gay wedding. While I am a saunch supporter of the right for all to marry, I do not support forcing relgiious groups to have to perform them.

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RAG2:

According to the wording of the ballot initiative, the new law does NOT force churches to perform gay weddings.

That's one thing people keep forgetting about marriage. It has both a religious meaning and a legal meaning, and church and state are separate in America. People who are "religiously" marriage are not necessary legally married, and vice versa. A lot of (polygynous) Mormons and (divorced-and-remarried) Catholics will tell you that. The same thing goes for gay married.

It would be less confusing if we simply called the religious institution "marriage" and the civil arrangement "domestic partnerships" or "civil unions", for all situations--including straight unions. Then most people wouldn't have a problem with gay unions!

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tjampel:

It's a very strange feeling when I start agreeing with Stillow on something ...anything

I do agree regarding gay marriage, doctors and abortions, etc; I strongly feel that matters of personal conscience, so long as they're not founded on pure bigotry or racism (such as refusing to perform surgery on a black or gay person)should be respected.

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Stillow:

Careful....you might find yourself here on the dark side with me. A lot of conservatives like myself are indeed social libertarians. I get real fed up with the republican party's social platofrm on numerous issues. But I am equally fed up with the democrats social agenda too....so I am homeless on social issues...no american has the right to tell another american who he can or cannot marry, that is a persuit of happiness issue and a fundaemtnal right we all should retain. But I also feel as strongly about you Dems tryign to take my gun away...so I am homeless.

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