Family group not counting on marriage poll results
GENESEE COUNTY - THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
By Marjory Raymer JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
Maybe this one will be a case of "ask, but don't tell."
The American Family Association, a leading force in defining marriage nationwide as between one man and one woman, originally said on its Web site that it intended to report to Congress the results of its Internet poll on gay marriage.
But now it is "probably not" going to follow through, a spokesman said, after nearly 60 percent of the more than 825,000 votes tallied expressed support of gay marriage.
"Homosexual activist groups went to the trouble of skewing this particular poll," said Gary Glenn, director of the AFA of Michigan, located in Midland. "Perhaps it is some comfort to them."
The organization considered pulling the poll off its Web site, but decided instead to leave it as a wake-up call to "traditional American families (who) do not realize the seriousness of this threat," said Buddy Smith, executive assistant to the chairman of the AFA.
"We were surprised they hijacked the poll," said Smith.
Mary Scholl, president of the local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, said she voted in the poll and encouraged many others to, but still is surprised at the results.
"I know it is not a scientific poll, but I still love to look at the numbers," Scholl said.
The poll is located on the AFA's Web site at www.afa.net.