As I was sitting in Denny’s this morning, eating approximately one half of my American-sized breakfast, two adjacent leaders in The Oregonian caught my eye.
The first was against Bush’s decision not to fund stem cell research.
He opposes federally financed research on stem cells obtained from embroyos discarded by fertility clinics, insisting it’s the same as taking human lives. That may be Bush’s personal religious conviction, but it isn’t shared by most Americans. Polls show broad support for such research, including up to 70% of Republicans in some surveys.
Summary: public opinion is for this measure, so why doesn’t Bush listen?
The second, next to it, was against the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision not to permit gay marriage.
And polls suggest that Americans increasingly share that dream [of a “just society”]. There is growing support for civil unions, growing support for equal treatment of gays and lesbians, and growing support for even for same-sex marriage. It takes longer to convince people one by one, and to convince state legislatures as well.
Summary: public opinion is against this measure; but we’d like the state legislature to ignore that.