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Thursday, October 26, 2006

NJ Supreme Court - Part of Another Rovian Conspiracy

All of the talk back in 2004 was that the GOP & Bush were buoyed by the Rovian Conspiracy to put same-sex marriage ballot initiatives in competitive states.

Well, with the tight race in New Jersey between corruptocrat Menendez and Tom Kean, Jr, the NJ Supreme Court has fallen under a Rovian spell and delivered what could be a decision which solidifies Kean's base:

NJ Court Stops Short of Gay Marriage OK
By GEOFF MULVIHILL

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's Supreme Court opened the door to gay marriage Wednesday, ruling that homosexuals are entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals, but leaving it to lawmakers to legalize same-sex unions.

The high court gave lawmakers 180 days to rewrite marriage laws to either include same-sex couples or create a new system of civil unions for them.

The ruling is similar to the 1999 decision in Vermont that led to civil unions there, which offer the benefits of marriage, but not the name.

"Although we cannot find that a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this state, the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our state Constitution," Justice Barry T. Albin wrote for the 4-3 majority's decision.
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And, while this poll seems to suggest overwhelming support for same-sex marriage in New Jersey, I often question the validity of polling regarding such a topic that has such a stigma associated with it:
N.J. Backs Gay Unions, Poll Says
Associated Press, June 24, 2006

A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows a majority of New Jersey residents support same-sex marriage and nearly two-thirds support civil unions for same-sex couples.

Nearly two-thirds of New Jersey residents support allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, while half think gay marriage should be legal in the state, according to a poll released Friday.

The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll finds the state far more supportive of gay unions than the nation as a whole—and more than New Jersey was in a poll three years ago.

The latest poll comes as the state Supreme Court considers a case in which seven gay couples sued for the right to marry. Many legal scholars and political insiders expect the court will find that same-sex couples do have a constitutional right to marry in the state.

If that happens, opponents of gay marriage vow a quick push to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Fifty-two percent of respondents said they opposed such an amendment, while 40 percent supported it, though question did not specify whether the state or federal constitution would be amended.

The poll found that although respondents clearly supported expanding rights for gay couples, they were not decisive about whether marriage was the answer.

Half of the respondents were asked about same-sex marriage first; the other half were asked first about civil unions.

Those asked first about same-sex marriage supported it by a 53 to 40 margin, but those asked about civil unions first were split, with 48 percent in favor of allowing gay marriage and 47 percent opposing.

Regardless of the question order, about 65 percent of respondents supported civil unions, and 30 percent opposed them.

It's confusing that when asked first about Same Sex Marriage, the respondents supported it by 13 points. When asked about a less controversial civil union proposal, the support drops to only 1 percent.

I'm not sure that I would characterize this poll as being anything close to conclusive....

Based on this bit of news, Ace has called the race for Kean.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler