DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     July 30 - August 1, 1999     vol. 10, no. 142

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POLL: AMERICANS DON'T BELIEVE HOMOSEXUALS PROTECTED MINORITY

          WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - A new poll released by the Family research Council this week showed that a majority of Americans don't believe that homosexuals should qualify as a protected minority.

          "The American people aren't buying the story that people who engage in homosexual behaviors deserve the same special legal protections as true minorities," said spokesman Janet Parshall. "The 'gay' party line that homosexuals have suffered injustices similar to those that Dr. Martin Luther King fought against is a groundless comparison."

          The poll commissioned by the council found that 80% of respondents believe that "homosexuals have not suffered the same as blacks," such as not being able to vote or get an education. The poll also revealed that 98% of respondents think that the murder of a homosexual and a heterosexual are equally serious and should both be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. A similar number believed that the action of the crime should provide the basis for prosecution, not the thoughts of those committing the crime.

          "The poll exposes the fundamental inequity of 'hate crimes' legislation," Parshall said. "Americans want to see all people receive equal protection under the law."


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