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POLL: CALIFORNIANS SUPPORT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, OPPOSE CONSTITUTIONAL BAN
A California Field Poll released May 28 found that 51 percent of registered California voters support same-sex marriage, 42 percent oppose it and 7 percent have no opinion.

The respected poll also found that 54 percent oppose amending the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, 40 percent favor an amendment and 6 percent have no opinion.

The California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage May 15 and the weddings are scheduled to begin June 17. A voter initiative to amend the constitution to undo the Supreme Court ruling likely will appear on the ballot in the November election.

The poll found that the biggest support for same-sex marriage comes from younger voters, Democrats, liberals, nonreligious people and residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County.

The strongest opposition comes from older people, Republicans, conservatives, born-again Christians, Protestants and residents of the Central Valley and Southern California counties apart from L.A. County.

Women (53 percent) are more supportive than men (48 percent), with 8 percent of each having no opinion and the rest opposed.

A majority of respondents up to age 49 favor same-sex marriage, while a majority of people over age 50 oppose it.

This was the first poll in which a majority of California voters supported same-sex marriage, and Field Poll Director Mark DiCamillo said the Supreme Court ruling is the likely reason.

"We had this historic ruling of the state Supreme Court, and people may have been persuaded," DiCamillo told the Sacramento Bee. "We do see a shift. It looks like something happened to affect opinion."

"The court is held in high esteem in California," he told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The poll questioned 1,052 voters and has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

MCCAIN APPEARS ON ELLEN DEGENERES' TV SHOW
Presidential candidate John McCain and Ellen DeGeneres got into it over same-sex marriage on her TV show May 22.

Ellen said: "Let's talk about the big elephant in the room. ... I legally now can get married, like everyone should. ... So I'm obviously excited and, to me, this is only fair, and only natural. What are your thoughts?"

McCain responded: "My thoughts are that I think that people should be able to enter into legal agreements and I think that is something that we should encourage, particularly in the case of insurance and other areas, decisions that have to be made. I just believe in the unique marriage between man and woman. And I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue."

Ellen wasn't having it.

"Uh-huh. Yeah," she said. "I think that it is looked at and some people are saying the same that blacks and women did not have the right to vote. I mean, women just got the right to vote in 1920. Blacks didn't have the right to vote till 1870 and it just feels like there's this old way of thinking that we are not all the same. We are all the same people. All of us. You're no different than I am. Our love is the same. To me, what it feels like - just, you know, I will speak for myself - it feels when someone says you can have a contract and you'll still have insurance and you'll get all that. It sounds to me like saying, well, you can sit there [she points one direction], you just can't sit there [she points another direction]. That's what it sounds like to me. It doesn't feel inclusive. It feels isolated. It feels like we are not owed the same things and the same wording."

McCain responded: "Well, I've heard you articulate that position in a very eloquent fashion. We just have a disagreement and I, along with many, many others, wish you every happiness."

"Thank you," said DeGeneres. "So, you'll walk me down the aisle, is that what you're saying?"

"Touché," responded McCain.

"Well, my hope is someday it won't be called a contract, it'll be called marriage," DeGeneres concluded.

California's Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage May 15 and the weddings are scheduled to begin June 17.

BOY SCOUTS SUE PHILADELPHIA
The Boy Scouts sued Philadelphia May 27 after the city insisted they stop banning Gays or start paying $200,000 a year in rent on a city-owned space they now get for $1.

The Scouts' Cradle of Liberty Council charges that the city is guilty of censorship, and claims it hasn't cracked down on other groups, such as churches, that discriminate against Gays while getting reduced-rate leases on city properties.

The city responded that it isn't aware of any similarly situated organizations but will investigate any complaints it receives.

Mayor Michael Nutter said he will not tolerate any illegal discrimination when services are provided on city-subsidized property.

In 2003, the local Scouts council agreed not to discriminate against Gays anymore, but the national Scouts organization later forced the council to rescind the agreement. National Scouts policy bans Gays and atheists from being members of the organization.

REPORTS: JODIE FOSTER HAS NEW GIRLFRIEND
Actress Jodie Foster has broken up with her female partner of 15 years, Cydney Bernard, and taken up with a new girlfriend, Cynthia Mort, numerous media outlets, mostly of the tabloid variety, reported in late May.

Mort, 41, was a writer and producer for Roseanne Barr's first TV show and a consulting producer for Will & Grace. Bernard has been, sporadically, a production manager, production supervisor and producer on lesser-known films and TV shows.

Foster, 45, and Bernard, 55, have two kids together, Charles and Kit. They were born to Foster, who has not said how she became pregnant. The boys are ages 9 and 6, according to Wikipedia. Both have "Bernard" as a middle name.

The reports said Foster and Bernard are still living together, though Foster plans to move. The reports said the couple has agreed to continue raising the children together.

With assistance from Bill Kelley
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