Although most District residents are in sync with the council in support of same-sex marriage, there is widespread public support for putting the question to a city-wide vote.So according to the poll, the more educated and less religious an individual is then the more apt they are to be accepting of same-sex unions. Whereas, the less educated and more religious an individual is then the more likely they are against same-sex unions. Uh duh! I've been seeing this correlation for awhile now, but people can't see that is the issue amongst black folks, too many don't think for themselves instead let the others think for them...like white people. The irony is that the whites in DC are more apt to support same-sex unions.
Nearly six in 10 residents say they would prefer to vote on the issue. City leaders have said a public vote would be discriminatory. "I don't think it should be a decree made by the government," said Pablo Barreyro, 72, of Chevy Chase. "I don't think it should be left to a small party of politicians. . . . I really wonder what the outcome would be if it becomes available for public input."If it lands on the ballot, however, the District would be well positioned to become the first state-level jurisdiction in the country where voters embraced same-sex marriage, according to the poll.Nearly six in 10 D.C. residents, including 83 percent of whites, favor making it legal for gay couples to marry.The broad support for same-sex marriage in the District's white community cuts across cultural lines that divide opinions on the matter nationally. Regular white churchgoers nationwide generally oppose same-sex marriage, but two-thirds of whites in the District who attend services monthly or more often support same-sex marriage.African Americans tilt against same-sex marriage. Thirty-seven percent of black residents back legal same-sex marriage. A slim majority opposes it, and the bulk of opponents say they feel that way strongly.But some divisions are evident in the local black community on this issue, with sharp divides by church attendance and education.One in five African Americans who attend church services weekly favor same-sex marriage, and support rises to 47 percent among those who attend less often. A narrow majority of black college graduates supports gay marriage, compared with about a third of African Americans with less formal education.The poll indicates that council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) were representing their constituents' views when they became the only two members to vote against the same-sex marriage bill.
Now, one thing I won't agree with is if it put up for referendum because anybody with a brain knows that just because there is support doesn't automatic mean passage (see Maine and its same-sex union referendum). The fact that progressive voters are more lazier than socially conservative voters happens even with black folks as well, hence why that jackal won the election in Birmingham in January. Some black folks are lot more complicit with foolishness than righteousness when it comes to things they don't realize affects them more than anything else.
I'm just saying...