NH citizens nearly split on Supreme Court gay marriage decision - 525 citizens, 1533 responses

Jun 27, 2015

In light of the US Supreme Court ruling in which it declared that gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Do you agree with the US Supreme Court decision that same-sex marriage is a civil right?”

A total of 70% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence, and of these 51% opposed the ruling with 49% in favor. Of the remaining respondents, 19% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 11% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 525 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 1533 responses. 

Those against the ruling were mainly split into two groups, with the first citing moral concerns. “This is wrong,” one gentleman noted. “Marriage is between a man and a woman.” For others, the bone of contention rested in the fact the government was involved in the first place. “I have a problem with them meddling in things that are either States’ rights, moral questions/issues or things that are already covered by our founding documents,” one respondent wrote.

For respondents who supported the ruling, many expressed the idea that the decision was long overdue, while others cited the Constitution itself. “Equal protection under the law means that the law applies the same way to everyone,” one woman noted. Others remarked that the government finally got it right, while many said the ruling confirms common sense. “The government may not limit the rights of individuals based on the tradition, beliefs, or under-informed, baseless fear of another group of individuals,” noted one commenter.

For those who did not provide a direct “yes” or “no” to the question, several debated the merits of the legal system, while others commented on some of the language used in the ruling. Some respondents posed rhetorical questions, including one woman who asked, “What happened to separation of church and State?”

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

 

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