A silly comment from Atrios, who should know better: Ignore the spin on this poll. 50% of Hoosiers support gay marriage or that thing which is just like gay marriage with a different name. The poll in question indicates that while only 19% support equal marriage rights, another 31% support civil unions. That 31% is, as Atrios notes, good news. But as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force demonstrates succinctly in this chart, civil unions are not "just like gay marriage with a different name," not only because symbolically they serve as separate but equal institutions but materially because they provide no iron-clad legal guarantee of access to the 1,000-some rights associated with marriage. Civil unions are certainly progress, and support for civil unions represents progress in the battle for hearts and minds, but let's keep our eye on the prize and not collapse the distinction.


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