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Prop 8 Was A Matter Of Ideology, Not Race

January 7, 2009

I wish this were to state the obvious. Sadly, this is not obvious to everyone. But it has now been confirmed in a study by Freedom To Marry.

The study is linked from the release, and I have not read the whole thing, but the basic conclusion was that the explanatory factors were party affiliation, ideological self-identification, church attendance, and age. The much-talked about high rate of black voters in support of Prop 8 washes out when controlling for these factors, mainly church attendance:

The study found that when religious attendance was factored out, however, there was no significant difference between African Americans and other groups.

In fact, says the release:

people of all races and ethnicities who worship at least once a week overwhelmingly supported Proposition 8, with support among white, Asian and Latino frequent churchgoers actually being greater than among African Americans.

(Emphasis supplied.)

At a minimum, one ought to conclude that this is more about the Christian community standing in the way of equality. But I think this is even more narrow than that — while I am not a believer, I know some religious folks who are firmly for full equality. So I say this is about the triumph of social conservatism within Christianity. That is a problem that probably can only be fixed from within.

h/t Harper Jean Tobin at Polymorphous Perversity.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. SecondBeach permalink
    January 8, 2009 9:57 am

    Excellent post.

    Now if only we could get people to stop hating on individual Mormons and Catholics and instead focus their energy on the institutionalized bigotry of the Mormon and Catholic churches.

  2. January 8, 2009 11:43 am

    Great post – thanks for the link!

  3. January 12, 2009 6:30 am

    The study found that when religious attendance was factored out, however, there was no significant difference between Mormons and other groups.

    How is that statement any different? Point is that AA DO attend church and as a result significant numbers DID vote against Prop 8. However, they were certainly no THE deciding factor against its passage. ALL those that voted against it are the cause. So rather than acting that ANY one group does not SHARE in the blame, let’s acknowledge the FACTS that ALL participated.

  4. April 15, 2009 6:42 am

    Hey, nice tips. I’ll buy a glass of beer to the person from that forum who told me to visit your site 🙂

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