I got my March 6, 2006 edition of Time in the mail today. It appeared to be the typical news magazine of the day...Pictures of angry Arabs on the cover, headlines about New Orleans, budget scams, and GOP mavericks.
Tucked away in the Numbers column on page 14, however, was this little tidbit:
11% - Portion of American who believe sexual orientation is a "conscious choice"
60% - Portion of U.S. women who believe sexual orientation is innate, vs. 39% of men
Folks, this is good news! First, this bears out well with polling I've seen in Indiana that indicates good support for anti-discrimination laws. Of course the great Hoosier state is a little behind the national average on numbers, but not by much.
Secondly, it would appear that we are in a strong position for changing hearts and minds in the upcoming marriage amendment battle. The vast majority of undecided voters tends to be women in any given election. If a full 60% already believe that sexual orientation is innate, is it really that far of a stretch to get them to oppose such a discriminatory amendment?
All-in-all another nugget of hope.