Steve Benson by Steve Benson

Steve Benson

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  1. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Even the guys wear dresses…Hummm…

  2. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, over 1 year ago

    Somewhere between 3-6% identify as LGBT (including me as transsexual).
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    When you have over 50% support from the general public for ~5% of the population getting equal rights, doesn’t that count for something?
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    I’ve personally seen one marriage divorced by the state (in Maine, this was 3 years ago, before same-sex marriage passed) because a friend transitioned from male to female, and her wife still loved her and they wished to remain legally married. Heard plenty of others on various support forums from all over the country, too.

  3. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, over 1 year ago

    “Does anyone have a real number of people that are gay and have or want to get married?”

    Study after study both in the US and in Western Europe and even confirmed by the NYT in their election analysis each year estimate somewhere between 2-3% of the population is gay or lesbian. The total number in the US is estimated to be 6-9 million. Highly, highly concentrated in a few urban areas.

  4. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Children raised in a single sex household do just as well as in a hetero-household, according to a consensus opinion by the American Sociologic Association, and numerous studies, despite Scalia’s musings otherwise.

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Libertarian: it varies, but I’ve seen some “studies” that declare as high as 10% of the U.S. population is LGBT.

  6. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    God surely meant it to happen then, he can’t be that infallible, can he?:-)

  7. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, over 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    “I’ve seen some “studies” that declare as high as 10% of the U.S. population is LGBT.”

    That wished-for number was from the Kinsey study in prisoners. It is naturally to the benefit of any political group to try and exaggerate their numbers. But the 2-3% range is also found throughout Europe.

  8. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If you’re just talking self-identifying Lesbians and Gays (i.e. exclusively or even predominantly same-sex attraction/activity), 5% may be about right, plus or minus a point or two. If you include Bisexuals (mostly opposite-sex attraction/activity, but more than incidental same-sex attraction/activity, or vice-versa), the number will be substantially larger, of course.


    (I know some people think attractions are more telling than activity, and others believe the reverse; but either way, “LGBT” is a larger pool than “LGB”, which is larger than “LG.”)


    Besides, I’d be very surprised if the first OPENLY Gay or Lesbian or Bisexual Supreme Court Justice were in fact the first Gay or Lesbian or Bisexual on the Bench (although it’s likely we’d have no way of knowing for sure)…

  9. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    Libertarian is partially correct. The original “10%” figure that was used a lot by gay activists came from Kinsey studies about what percentage of Americans (not just prisoners, I don’t believe) had had a “homosexual experience.” Definitely not the same as a self-identified homosexual, and not indicative of overall presence in the population, but on the other hand that was in the 1950s!
    If 3-6% identify as gay today, then it is certain that the number of those who are in fact primarily gay (since gender is not an on-off switch) is higher than that. How much, I couldn’t say; some are not even admitting it to themselves.

  10. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 1 year ago

    I fail to see what the difference is what the percentages are OR whether homosexuality is a choice or pre-determined. the pro-doma crowd created a class of citizens for the specific purpose of discriminating against them. it’s in the congressional record.

  11. Libertarian1

    Libertarian1 said, over 1 year ago

    @David

    Would you be OK with polygamy for exactly the same logical reasons you expressed? First cousin marriages?

    For what it is worth I think marriage should simply be a legal contract between X number of people. No government involvement. Simplifies matters.

  12. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 1 year ago

    @motivemagnus

    it depends on how you define a homosexual. Is it anyone that has ever looked at like sexual equipment? touched it? experimented with it? Watched gay porn? Can a celibate be a homosexual. How about all the married men that go out and have closeted sex with guys on the side?

    how do you even begin to count those kinds of numbers?

    in my experience, the only difference between a gay man and a straight man is a sixpack of beer.

    I have no experience with lesbians, though.

  13. Patricia Klemme

    Patricia Klemme GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Steve, Steve, Steve. The Supremes are more diverse now than ever in history. You had to leave the women out to make it look WASPY. And yet, you leave Clarence Thomas in why? You are just confused, my friend. Tomorrow is another day.

  14. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 1 year ago

    ^he was just showing us the MAJORITY of the scotus.

  15. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    @dannysixpack

    I’m with you, danny — the reason to point out that there is a consistent and stable percentage of the population that is gay is to make it clear that homosexuality is a natural part of humanity.
    Given that, yes, of course you can have a “celibate homosexual,” just as you can have a “celibate heterosexual,” because being oriented in a certain way has nothing to do with how you practice it. In fact, even the Catholic Church accepted homosexuality as long as it wasn’t practiced — thus precisely assuming that there were celibate homosexuals.
    And as I think I said elsewhere, it isn’t really a binary switch, either. There’s a continuum.

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