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POLL: Has Southwest Riverside County Changed Its Stance On Gay Marriage?

During the November 2008 election, Riverside County showed strong support for Prop. 8: 64.61 percent of voters who turned out cast a “yes” ballot.

As the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of gay marriage this week, national polls indicate Americans have increased tolerance for same-sex unions.

Despite controversy surrounding polls, most show there is increased support for gay rights, including the right to marry.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on two marriage cases this week -- Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor. The Perry, scheduled to be heard tomorrow, case deals with California's Proposition 8, a measure passed by voters in 2008 that says marriage between a man and a woman is the only kind recognized by the state.

During the November 2008 election, Riverside County showed strong support for the measure: 64.61 percent of voters who turned out cast a “yes” ballot. During the campaign, supporters holding "Yes on 8" signs lined many Southwest Riverside County streets.

The Supreme Court will also take up the Windsor case, to be heard Wednesday, which deals with the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. The law says that marriage in federal law or regulation means the union of a man and a woman.

The court is expected to rule on the cases in June.

What is your position? Have your views changed since 2008? Are you staunchly in favor or against same-sex unions? Why? --City News Service contributed to this report.

Arthur Spooner March 30, 2013 at 03:23 AM
The problem is not gay marriage , its DOMA. You need to call it a civil union and have it recognized by the federal govt. That would be easier than overturning DOMA. Let marriage be marriage and call the gay piece something else. Call it Bunky if you want, just call it something else. You people need to learn how to choose your battles and fight them properly. My 1 year old nephew is smarter than Stephen Colbert!
Arthur Spooner March 30, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Shane Obamacare does not help seniors. It has caused huge cuts in Medicare, do you ever read?
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Arthur Spooner 20 minutes ago "Equal rights......what about unborn babies? Where is the equality for them? Equal rights.......hhhmmm it can mean so much really." . . There is no equality between a woman and a fetus. A fetus cannot live without the woman, a woman can live just fine without the fetus.
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Arthur Spooner 20 minutes ago "Clinton gave you DOMA why not just be mad at him. Obama supported it also. Always remember that." . . And now they are both against it.
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Arthur Spooner 20 minutes ago "You need to call it a civil union and have it recognized by the federal govt" . . Separate but equal does not work. That is unless you toss marriage out completely.
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Arthur Spooner 20 minutes ago "That would be easier than overturning DOMA." . . I take it you do not think that the Supreme Court is going to overturn DOMA?
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Arthur Spooner 20 minutes ago "You people need to learn how to choose your battles and fight them properly." . . That is truly laughable. The tide is turning towards marriage equality.
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Arthur Spooner 20 minutes ago "Marriage is between a man and a woman." . . Why?
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Arthur Spooner 20 minutes ago "That is why you need to call your gay marriage a civil union instead of a gay marriage. It would help speed the process along if you did" . . That train has already left the station. My guess is the only reason you are now for civil unions is you know what is coming.
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Arthur Spooner 7 minutes ago "Shane Obamacare does not help seniors. It has caused huge cuts in Medicare, do you ever read?" . . It did not touch benefits.
Arthur Spooner March 30, 2013 at 02:54 PM
The tide is turning, and I have said it a million times that I could care less. But, you are making your fight so much harder the way you are doing it. I know you want to marry a man Carl and I really hope you achieve your goal. It would be easier if you libs went around DOMA instead of head on into. Call marriage equality Tree or Flower, call it what you want, just do not call it marriage. Its not marriage.
Arthur Spooner March 30, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I love that the distraction by the govt this week is gay marriage. While Obama is slowing moving us toward a one world order, he has you sheep all hot and bothered on gay marriage. Its classic! You fall for it every single time!
Arthur Spooner March 30, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Carl Do you know me and know if I was not for it before??? How would you even know that? Unless you are speaking to Shane?? I have never cared about the marriage issue. I say let them have it. There are states that have it already and I could care less, its just its not a state issue , its a federal issue. It is so much bigger than people think it is. Its about benefits, taxes, etc...... Trust me I know. I have some close friends that are gay and we spoken on this several times. If the train already left the station then why are you and Shane not allowed to be married today?? Um I am guessing because you cant. I honestly think the feds thought they swept it under the rug with the "domestic partnership" piece. But that just wasn't enough. I know people that have others covered on their health ins under the domestic partnership clause. My brother is one. He has lived with his girlfriend for years. Marriage is not for everyone, be careful what you wish for.
Arthur Spooner March 30, 2013 at 03:02 PM
What happened to the assault rifle ban by Feinstein??? Where did it go Shane???????????? You libs do not have the power you think you have. Stop being so cocky.
Arthur Spooner March 30, 2013 at 03:23 PM
The sad part about you sheep is that if Obama is for something you automaticially are too. If he said,all americans should stop driving their cars 3 days a week, you would think that was ok, or if he said, no red shirts. Whatever he says you go for, abortion, drone attacks anything goes in Obama land. Raising taxes??? Huh?? He just does a song and dance and you sheep fall right into his trap. Saps, is what we call you. At least we know right from wrong and stand up for what we know is right. You think abortion is ok, because the libs tell you to. Its killing anyway you spin it. Its sad actually, I feel sorry for all of you that you are so brainwashed. The downfall of America.
Roberto March 30, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Arthur Spooner 20 minutes ago "You people need to learn how to choose your battles and fight them properly." . . That is truly laughable. The tide is turning towards marriage equality. REPLY: Tee-he-he, It's a liberal issue and we win he-he-he!. Shane & Carly have the same juvenile mentality in my opinion.
Arthur Spooner March 30, 2013 at 04:48 PM
wouldn't the federal govt like to keep this one on the back burner to avoid paying SS benefits to partners? wouldn't they like to keep getting taxes on inheritance that partners receive from partners? Do the math people. It will be tied up for years!
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Arthur Spooner 2 hours ago "I love that the distraction by the govt this week is gay marriage. While Obama is slowing moving us toward a one world order, he has you sheep all hot and bothered on gay marriage. Its classic! You fall for it every single time!" . . Because the Executive branch sets the schedule for the Supreme Court?
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Arthur Spooner 2 hours ago "The sad part about you sheep is that if Obama is for something you automaticially are too." . . Funny, earlier in the comments you wanted to remind everyone that Obama originally supported DOMA. Why do you think that changed? Public opinion has changed on the subject and now the politicians fall in line.
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Arthur Spooner 2 hours ago "I know you want to marry a man Carl and I really hope you achieve your goal." . . That is the difference between you and me. I can have empathy for a group that I am not part of.
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Arthur Spooner 2 hours ago "just do not call it marriage. Its not marriage." . . According to who? Your religion? There are religions who say that it is... From my blog http://northridge.patch.com/blog_posts/a-scout-is ... "While there are religious denominations that do view homosexuality as a sin, this condemnation is not universal. The Unitarian and Episcopalian are two Christian churches that welcome members of the LGBT community.(5)"
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Arthur Spooner 2 hours ago "I have never cared about the marriage issue." . . There are a lot of posts from someone who does not care about the issue.
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Arthur Spooner 2 hours ago "If the train already left the station then why are you and Shane not allowed to be married today??" . . Do you realize that people are free to marry in whatever state they would like?
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Arthur Spooner 2 hours ago "I honestly think the feds thought they swept it under the rug with the "domestic partnership" piece." . . Domestic Partnerships are not recognized under federal law in the same way marriages are.
Carl Petersen III March 30, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Arthur Spooner 1 hour ago "wouldn't the federal govt like to keep this one on the back burner to avoid paying SS benefits to partners? wouldn't they like to keep getting taxes on inheritance that partners receive from partners? Do the math people. It will be tied up for years!" . . If you recall, the President did not even defend the law before the court. The Republicans in the House provided the lawyer. Which party wants it tied up for years?
Roberto March 31, 2013 at 05:42 AM
"According to a December 2010 Washington Post-ABC News poll 77% of Americans said gays and lesbians who publicly disclose their sexual orientation should be able to serve in the military. That number showed little change from polls over the previous two years, but represented the highest level of support in a Post-ABC poll. The support also cut across partisan and ideological lines, with majorities of Democrats (86%), Republicans (74%), independents (74%), liberals (92%), conservatives (67%), white evangelical Protestants (70%) and non-religious (84%) in favor of homosexuals serving openly" Arthur, I think this means that DADT initiated by Bill Clinton means they had not favoured gay marriage. Like I said before, Liberals have hijacked the issue to benefit their liberal tax & spend agenda ith their typical stereotype of Conservatives.
Carl Petersen III March 31, 2013 at 03:26 PM
"Technology, war and society changed dramatically during the 1900’s. The pace of this change seemed to accelerate as we entered the 21st century. This is evidenced by the progress of gay rights." . . My new blog is up at http://northridge.patch.com/blog_posts/time-may-change-me-but-i-cant-trace-time-650774aa
Roberto March 31, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Looks like Carly and his cohort Inshane want to tutor us on how society needs socialist change. Same ole propaganda from our socialist comrades.
Carl Petersen III April 01, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Roberto 3 hours ago "Looks like Carly and his cohort Inshane want to tutor us on how society needs socialist change. Same ole propaganda from our socialist comrades." . . Now if only Roberto could explain how gay rights has to do with an economic policy.
Carl Petersen III April 05, 2013 at 04:42 AM
I guess he can't.

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