Friday, March 6, 2009

Prop 8? Prop 6??

So I really don't normally care enough about California's Proposition 8 or any related marriage debate to mention it in a way that involves anything other than poking fun at the whole conversation, but I recently came across the following article from a Toronto gay newspaper in July 1979, which gave me a bit of a pause. As you can see, it's a news blurb on polling data following the defeat of Prop 8's happier predecessor, Proposition 6--better known as the Briggs Initiative (which all of you who have viewed the lovely biopic Milk should be familiar with). Anyway I'm not possessed of the time to comment at the moment, but since I transcribed the blurb anyhow, just thought I'd share...


Poll reveals friends: Blacks, Hispanics

LOS ANGELES – An election day poll conducted by the Associated Press and NBC News last November showed Blacks and people of Spanish origin more favorable to the extension of fair housing and employment laws to cover homosexuals.

            52% of Blacks thought gays should be covered while 31% thought they should not. Among Spanish speakers 41% were in favor and 44% against. The general population sample found 41% favorable and 46% unfavorable.

            Analysis of data gathered from voters leaving the polling places on election day shows that Blacks and young people were the two groups voting most heavily against Proposition 6 – the so-called Briggs initiative which would have banned gay teachers from the California school system. Blacks opposed the measure by a 74 to 26 percent margin and voters under 30 opposed it 71 to 29.

            Results also showed women opposed the initiative more often than men.





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