08/13 - Gay in Louisiana

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Does Louisiana’s current position on gay marriage affect its “quality of life” and threaten the recruitment of employers?
June’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act will allow some federal benefits for same-sex couples that were legally married elsewhere but live in Louisiana. Otherwise, the decision will have little immediate impact in the state. Louisiana passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman and denies the recognition of gay unions. In light of the High Court’s decision, could Louisiana’s Defense of Marriage amendment be challenged? Does Louisiana’s current position on gay marriage affect its “quality of life” and threaten the recruitment of employers to the state? And do legislative attempts to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays in Louisiana achieve equal protection or create special rights at the expense of another’s religious freedom? Louisiana Public Square pursues the answers to these questions and more when it explores the issues involved when you’re “Gay in Louisiana.”
1. Overall, how serious a problem do you think discrimination against gays and lesbians is in Louisiana – a very serious problem, a somewhat serious problem, not too serious, or not at all serious?
2. Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?
3. As you may know, the Supreme Court recently ruled that married gay and lesbian couples are entitled to federal benefits. Do you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court's decision?
4. Do you favor or oppose allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the military?
5. Do you think the Boy Scouts of America should or should not allow openly gay members in its organization?
6. Do you think there should or should be….
Adoption rights for gays and lesbians so they can legally adopt children?
7. Health insurance and other employee benefits for gay and lesbian domestic partners or spouses
8. Do you have a family member, friend, coworker, or personal acquaintance who you know is gay?
9. Just your best guess, what percent of Americans today would you say are gay or lesbian?
10. Thinking about people who are gay or lesbian, which comes closer to your view?
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