Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Another Encouraging Public Opinion Poll

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation just released this amazing new poll:

A majority of Americans believe that gays and lesbians could not change their sexual orientation even if they wanted to, according to results of a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday.

It's the first time in a CNN poll the majority has held that belief regarding homosexuality.

Fifty-six percent of about 515 poll respondents said they do not believe sexual orientation can be changed. In 2001, 45 percent of those responding to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll held that belief. In 1998, according to a CNN/Time poll, the number was 36 percent.

With this report, like many of the others I cited here, I'm most impressed by the quick pace of change. In just ten years, 20% of Americans have come to understand that sexual orientation is not a choice. That's truly amazing. We've made such incredible progress. Just imagine... in ten years, its possible that three quarters of our country will understand the truth about sexual orientation.

We can even accelerate the pace of progress. This poll shows that the tipping point has been reached. Our community needs to be out spoken, direct and honest about our goals and our need for equality. That's what the caucus' political activism is all about. In the upcoming city election, we should campaign like we've never campaigned before. We have the momentum, and we have a platform.

Join the caucus. Contribute. Help us make Houston a welcoming home for everyone.

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