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New Poll Finds Tea Party Is Political Group That Hates Gays The Most

by David Badash on August 19, 2012

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination,Marriage,News,Politics

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Yes, as it turns out, the Tea Party hates gay people the most. In a just-released Washington Post poll, members of the Tea Party came in as the lowest supporters of same-sex marriage by a huge margin. The poll overall finds that 53% of all adults (and 52% of registered voters) believe same-sex marriage should be “legal,” while 42% feel it should be “illegal,” maintaining the consistent response rate found by almost every major poll over the past few years, which find that the majority of Americans support extending civil marriage to same-sex couples.

The poll, conducted by the Washington Post in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation, broke the results down into political party affiliation, and even further, into 13 sub-groups, one of which is the Tea Party.

While Democrats came in with 68% support for same-sex marriage, Independents with 57%, and Republicans with only 30%, a mere 6% of Tea Party members said they support same-sex marriage. No other group was close to that low support level. Even Republican religious values voters (along with pro-government conservatives) came in at 11%, almost twice the rate of Tea Party Republicans.

Perhaps what many might find most-shocking is that the Tea Party, since its inception, has claimed their only concerns are smaller government and lower taxes, despite all evidence to the contrary.

This certainly refocuses that claim.

For those struggling with “not supporting same-sex marriage” equating “hate gay people,” it’s really quite simple: If you don’t support marriage equality, you are saying you believe gay people just aren’t as good as you are, they are “less-than,” and they don’t deserve the exact same rights that you do, merely because of who they are, who they were born as. What does that sound like?

Ironically, the Tea Party’s favorite symbol, the Gadsden flag (image, top,) reads, “Don’t tread on me.” Apparently, that works only one way.

For better or for worse, the poll also found that only 1% of Americans see same-sex marriage as the most important issue in their choice for president.
But remember, Tea Party members, there’s always payback. The Washington Post poll found 47% of voters oppose the Tea Party, and only 43% support you. Don’t worry, give it time. You’re losing.

Image, top, by LexiconVikrum

Poll images via Washington Post

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{ 16 comments }

jeff4justice August 19, 2012 at 5:18 am

Another poll ignoring alternative party options. Shameful.

Gadsden Gurl August 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm

THis is baloney. There is not ONE thing about gays on our state tea party site.. not one thing. No one cares about gays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We do care about the FEDERAL RESERVE and the fact neither party will do anything about it.

CastleRockBear August 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

Tell me again where it means that the tea party isn't anti-gay, just because it "doesn't say one thing about it in your state tea party site"…I've dealt with anti-gay harassment from the tea-party hacks more than anyone else!..I find no difference in the way the tea party hates than the KKK or fundamentalists, honestly! …I can't change that FACT and NEITHER CAN YOU! So in response to your response, it smells like the "baloney" you speak of!! And if it smells like it…..

Gadsden Gurl August 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

YOu're dealing with GOP, not tea party. We are not the GOP.

The KKK is Democrats so there is your baloney.

You talked to one evil person, period. Don't blame us for that.

James_M_Martin August 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Remember when the Tea Baggers protested outside congress in 2010 and spat on black legislators? Guess what? Racists are almost always homophotic as well. There is no doubt that the Tea Party is ultra homophobic. They are mostly evangelicals, too. Duh! Almost all evangelicals are homophobic: they put into Jebus's mouth words written by that arch misogynist, homophobe self-hating Saul-Paul the Zealot from Tarsus. As to the lack of mentioning gays on their web site, get real! They don't have to attack gays on their fucking web site: they know that such social issues are a distraction from their theocratic, anti-woman, anti-gay, racist agenda.

tiltom August 20, 2012 at 6:10 am

So, if you believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, then you hate gays? Wow, I can only imagine how many years you've invested in acquiring an education to make such brilliant deductions. In reality, you're an ideologue that doesn't allow truth to get in the way of pushing an agenda – or, in other words, the Far Left. As for the results of this poll, I submit that if you study the methodology closely, you'll see exactly why the results are as is. The interesting thing is that in every instance when this issue is put before voters, including in uber-liberal California, the American people reject it. Fact are indeed a stubborn thing and the truth has no agenda.

david0296 August 20, 2012 at 8:55 am

The interesting thing is that in every instance when this issue is put before voters, at one time in our history, 30 out of 48 states had bans on interracial marriage. Even when the Supreme Court overruled those unconstitutional bans, 72% of the public still didn't support race-mixing. If the Supreme Court hadn't done the right thing, it would have taken an additional 22 years until the public supported interracial marriage. So spare me your theory that majorities can't foster irrational bigotry. History has a way of proving you wrong. Facts ARE indeed a stubborn thing and the truth has no agenda. Allowing gay couples the right to create a legal kinship (marriage) has NO impact on opposite-sex marriage. Sorry, but you are not entitled to special rights simply because you happen to be straight.

goodasU August 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

Voting on OTHER PEOPLE's (formerly) inalienable rights and freedoms is an obscenity, not to mention an affront to the Constitution.

CastleRockBear August 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

Who ever says that marriage is not a civil right needs to get an education! Who ever said that a marriage is only one way, is in fact, bigoted against anyone else's marriage…and if you incite the bible, I would suggest that it says that in TRUTH is says that multiple partners constitutes a marriage, not to mention that it is also o.k. to have concubines as well! If you want to stand behind the bible on this, I can show you you as I'm sure many others that you are wrong! What you believe in is purely interpretation and nothing else! And bigotry is a taught thing, no matter if you want to call it that or not, it still is!

goodasU August 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

NO, the hate comes from their (i.e. YOUR) comparisons of same-gender relationships to "marryin' a dog/plant/rock/bicycle", incest, polygamy, beastiality, necrophilia, murder, rape, child-molestation, etc. etc. etc. We read them all over the net.

Make a case for excluding gay citizens from EQUAL rights and freedoms and we'll listen. Until then though …

goodasU August 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

This is not surprising – the TPm'ers hate most everything.

(P.S. There's no such political party as "The Tea Party" in America. No TP HQ to which you could mail a check; any such check made out to "The Tea Party" would bounce; and NO official TP "platform" with which to agree or disagree. Just a bunch o' cranks.)

Gadsden Gurl August 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Once again for the record, the tea party in our state has NO position opposing gays, minorities or any such nonsense. Deal with individuals, not movements.

Our movement is about Federal Reserve, Anti-War, and Freedom issues.

Orlando August 21, 2012 at 5:10 am

cool!

CastielMeow September 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

Personally, I am much more worried about the deplorable state of our economy. It's hard to exercise our rights when we have declining jobs and money to do it.

NoBigGov October 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm

"The Tea Party HATES gays the most" HOw rediculous is this statement. Just because people believe that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman that means they hate? I think not. omg…the lack of logic in this statement is irritating. I have 2 very close gay friends and they do not believe that I hate them because I believe marriage should be between only a man and woman. Gays and lesbians can attain just as many rights via other means…and most states already have these in place for gays and lesbians. When I see the word "hate" automatically now I can tell I'm dealing with an uninformed liberal who believes anyone disagreeing with their viewpoint must be hating. Stupidity.

Scott_Rose December 2, 2012 at 11:41 pm

It's the famous "some of my best friends are gay" defense, used in defense of discriminating against gays!

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