By: Shannon Whittaker
The Christian Broadcast Network’s Pat Robertson thinks that the Democratic Party is endangering itself by wholly embracing gay marriage. On Tuesday, the religious broadcaster tackled the issue on his television show, “The 700 Club.”
“For the Democrats to go out on that limb, it just seems like to me that they are further alienating themselves from the mainstream of America,” Robertson proclaimed. “If that’s what they want to do, fine, but it will mean the death knell of their party, it seems like to me, and of course that’s what they’re doing but maybe they have a death wish.”
In making this argument, he focused upon the small percentage — two percent, he claims — of Americans who are gay. While a minority of individuals in the country personally embrace same-sex marriage and homosexuality, Robertson‘s comment didn’t seem to take into consideration current polling numbers.
In May, Gallup released research on this very subject, writing:
Fifty percent of Americans believe same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages — down slightly from 53% last year, but marking only the second time in Gallup’s history of tracking this question that at least half of Americans have supported legal same-sex marriage. Forty-eight percent say such marriages should not be legal.
So, while the nation is certainly divided, it seems that a good portion of Americans — half, in fact — endorse the notion that same-sex couples should be able to get married and enjoy the rights associated with the institution. Regardless of where one stands, these numbers certainly make it difficult to contend that the Democratic Party’s support for gay marriage is akin to “alienating” the party “from mainstream America.”