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   Vol. 69/No. 16           April 25, 2005  
Terri Schiavo
Since you cited opinion polls to justify your position concerning “invasion of privacy” in the Schiavo case, will you also agree that we should apply the results of public opinion polls to the issue of gay marriages? And if not, why not?

(Virtually every national poll shows that nearly a 2:1 majority oppose gay marriage.)

Ken Armstrong
by e-mail
Reply from the editor
The Militant articles on the Terri Schiavo case used the results of opinion polls on government intervention as one measure of the fact that the campaign by the White House and Congress for the so-called right to life in the Schiavo case backfired on its organizers. In two editorials we expressed the opinion that the action by Congress and the President in this case was an outright invasion of privacy, which we opposed. We would have held to the same view even if the opinion polls had indicated the reverse results.

Likewise, the Militant has consistently advocated opposition to any discrimination against gays and lesbians, including to any laws banning gay marriage, regardless of what bourgeois opinion polls indicate.

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