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April 13, 2012

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Mark B.

Thanks for polling a generic legislative ballot! State legislatures are really important.

atdnext

Thanks for asking about the Colorado SoS. It seems like most Coloradans haven't really made up their minds yet, so we'll have to wait and see if Gessler makes another move that could give the recall campaign momentum.

sickoftalking

The questions on same-sex marriage are not phrased neutrally.

Asking if something should be legal or illegal (Q6-Q8) suggests that its prohibited, which isn't the case. Same-sex couples can have relationships and contracts, the marriage just isn't legally recognized, but not being legally recognized is a different thing in common language from being "illegal". That's reflected in the third choice for Q8, which starts "there should be no legal recognition...", but the "illegal" vs "legal" phrasing is used in every other situation in the poll.

The question on civil unions (Q6) is just as bad. It asks whether the government should "let" same-sex couples form civil unions, when the legal issue is not that they aren't "let" to do it, but that they aren't legally recognized. People are currently let to do whatever they want.

Questions Q7 and Q7 vacillate between referring to "same-sex marriage" and "gay marriage", while its not necessarily the same issue. The issue legally is same-sex marriage, unless there is some provision in the law requiring the same-sex couple to prove a romantic relationship between them, when it is then gay marriage. If not, then it doesn't proportionally affect gay couples more than it affects other same-sex couples who may want the legal benefits that come with marriage. Both of whom are equally small groups, so it wouldn't be correct to say it would affect one of those two groups more than the other.

I'm sorry, I'm just tired of reporting on this issue being stuck in emotional, politically-potent language that doesn't reflect the legal reality.

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