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  • Simple; the legislature is NOT listening to the will of the people ...
  • That's because your premise is wrong. Most people in the US are against gay marriage. That's why it keeps failing. The most recent national poll on same-sex marriage in the United States was conducted in July 17, 2008 by Quinnipiac University, with 55 percent opposed, and 36 percent in favor. An ABC News poll found that the majority (58%) of Americans remained opposed to same-sex marriages, while the minority (36%) support them. However, on the question of a constitutional amendment, more are now opposed than for it. The majority (51%) of Americans say the issue should be left for the states to decide, while 43% would agree with amending the Constitution.
  • Public opinion, sadly, rarly reflects what the politicians do ..:O(
  • I think it's due to the fact that it's mostly younger people online.
  • Not everyone on the net is from America.
  • People on the Internet usually just agree to stay out of conflict.. The truth in the real world is the fact that most disagree with gay marriages.
  • I use to be against gay marriage...gay anything for that matter because I can't stand when it's thrown in my face constantly! (I don't go around announcing to the world that I'm straight). But as I get older (38 is soooo old) I realize that I have no problem with it. Have you checked out the divorce rate these days? If 2 people want to get hitched, I couldn't care less!
  • most people on the internet probably don't vote or are Americans. However, most Americans, for now, allow "marriage" somewhere else outside their state.
  • 1. The internet is international. The US has a high percentage of religious fanatics, That alone will cause a difference. 2. The average age of people regularly on the internet is younger. Among the younger generation in America, gay marriage would pass. Unfortunately for gays, baby boomers still make up the dominant demographic.
  • Sorry to say it but some people say one thing and do the total opposite, especially politicians. They say that they will vote for something that their constituents want passed but if you check their voting records it reflects their own personal views or the views of the highest bidder. The only time that they are being watched is on election night. There is no way to ensure that an elected official will vote for what his/her constituents want on the other 364 days.
  • Probably due to the prevalence of relatively well-educated urbanites on the Internet. People who are surrounded daily by gay people really cease to be bothered by them, and most large and medium-sized cities, as well as most suburbs surrounding such cities, have at least something of a gay community. You see a similar phenomenon in major metropolitan newspapers. The New York Times is pretty right-wing, but it's pretty openly supportive of gay marriage. Principled position or not, it's hardly a problem for them because probably hardly a soul who reads the NYT could care one way or another. Actually, I'm not even sure the more socially conservative Wall Street Journal even cares. People whose only view of the world is a television set tend to have a more myopic view of the world.
  • You do not suggest that majority of "surfers" are gay. Do you?!!
  • The people who write the legislatures aren't on the internet.
  • The people is one thing and Washington is some thing else.
  • BECAUSE LESBIANS AND QUEERS ARE'NT THE AMERICA WAY OF LIFE.
  • BECAUSE OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS DON'T WANT TO COME OUT OF THE CLOSET, SO THEY GET ON THE WEB AND LET LOOSE WITH THEIR TRUE FEELINGS!! Sorry....actually because ALOT of people on the net aren't from America.
  • 1. Demographically, the average intellectual level of those using the Internet is higher than the average level for the general population. 2. Fundamentalists are well-organized and have political influence way beyond what their numbers would indicate. Fundies intensely dislike gay ANYthing. 3. People who use the Internet come into contact with gays and lesbians far more often than does most of the general population. This has the effect of making them more favorably disposed toward gays and lesbians.
  • I'm not sure I agree that "most people on the internet" are for gay marriage; probably most of the people on the internet sites that you frequent are for it, but I'd bet there are many more internet sites that you don't visit, probably because they don't share a common philosophy with you or attract your interest (I know I don't hang out on sites if I don't like their approach). And, in California at least, gay marriage was voted down twice by the people during elections, so it would seem to me that the "internet" population is not the same as the "voting" population.

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