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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Scapegoating blacks

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Don't do it when it comes to gay rights ballot issues, this gay-oriented website suggests.

To those who note opposition by blacks to Prop. 8 in California, the same-sex marriage ban, the website points to exit poll data in Arkansas on Initiated Act 1, the parenting ban for unmarried couples aimed at gay people that was adopted 57-43.

Whites -- white men, particularly, and particularly white Republican men -- were far more likely to vote for Act 1 than black people, who gave 54 percent approval, the analysis notes.

61% of men, according to the CNN data, voted in favor of Arkansas Initiative 1, compared to 54% of women. 72% of those identified as conservative, 69% Republican and 65% Evangelical/Born-Again. Very little data was available for Asian and Latino voters.

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