Gay marriage OK remains unlikely in Pa., analysts say
HARRISBURG — Despite recent gains for gay marriage in a number of states, analysts say you needn't expect Pennsylvania to join their number anytime soon.
The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News says same-sex marriage did not become an issue in row office elections earlier this month despite support for the position by the three Democrats who swept the races.
Gov. Tom Corbett and many in the Republican-controlled General Assembly oppose gay marriage, and state law barring it would have to be repealed or struck down by a court.
A Franklin & Marshall poll in August 2011 found Pennsylvanians supported same-sex marriage 50 percent to 42 percent, a near-reversal of the positions recorded two years earlier. In both polls, however, respondents who said they opposed same-sex marriage described themselves as “strongly opposed.”
A Muhlenberg College poll in December found support among Pennsylvanians for same-sex marriage, 50 percent to 37 percent, but a poll of likely voters in September found 44 percent in favor of same-sex marriage, 45 percent opposed and the remainder undecided.
Likely voters are significantly older than the general population, said Muhlenberg professor Chris Borick.
“Support drops dramatically as age increases,” Borick said.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Big Bang ‘waves’ go poof under analysis
- Rossi: History beckons for Seattle’s Seahawks
- Jerome Bettis to be enshrined in hall of fame
- Tennessee quarterback Peterman considers transfer to Pitt
- High school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tre Tipton says Pitt can’t dwell on lost recruits
- Suggestions are aplenty on what Penguins need to break through
- Freeport’s Romanchak to sign with Robert Morris
- Penguins minor league notebook: Rookie Wilson emerges as 3rd-line NHL prospect
- Penn State New Kensington loses 4th in a row as rally comes up short
- Alle-Kiski Valley deemed medically underserved
- Rural residents need medical specialist services