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Tuesday
May152012

Obama Campaign: CBS/NYT Poll "Significantly Biased"

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama campaign is on the offensive against the findings of a New York Times/CBS News poll, which shows Romney up among women and two-thirds saying Obama's marriage shift was politically motivated.

Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter on Tuesday repeatedly blasted the methodology as "significantly biased."

"We can't put the methodology of that poll aside because the methodology was significantly biased. It is a biased sample," she said on MSNBC. "They sampled a biased sample, so they re-biased the same sample. So I think that the results of that poll are pretty odd."

Monday night, Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt called the methodology "weird."

"Aside from being outlier, CBS/NYT poll used weird methodology -- same voters as last month, reached fewer of them, more IDed as GOP," he tweeted.

"Latest CNN poll showed @BarackObama up 16 among women. State polls show big advantage among women. Be wary of any poll that doesn't," he said.

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Monday
May142012

Despite Romney Claim, Same-Sex Adoption Laws Vary

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mitt Romney claimed last week that “all states but one allow gay adoption,” a statistic that came into question Monday.

“So that’s a position, which has been decided by most of the state legislatures, including the one in my state. So I simply acknowledge the fact that gay adoption is legal in all states but one,” Romney told a CBS affiliate in North Carolina Friday.

But according to statistics from the Human Rights Campaign, only 18 states and Washington, D.C., allow same-sex couples to adopt through joint adoption, including Romney’s home state of Massachusetts, and in Colorado and Minnesota, same-sex couples have been able to successfully petition to adopt in some jurisdictions.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to adopt through “second parent adoption,” which allows one parent to adopt a child while the partner petitions to become the second guardian.  Same-sex couples in eight additional states have successfully petitioned courts for second-parent adoption in some jurisdictions.

But when it comes to state statutes, Mississippi is the lone state with a specific law barring same-sex couples from adopting a child.

Two states recently changed their adoption laws, which previously prohibited homosexuals from adopting.  Florida had a statute in place that did not allow adoption by homosexuals until 2010, when the ban was revoked, and in 2011, Arkansas ended its ban against unmarried couples from adopting, which kept same-sex couples from adoption but allowed single homosexuals to adopt.

Utah statute prohibits couples who are “cohabiting in a relationship that is not a legally valid and binding marriage under the laws of this state” from adopting children, but does not include any language about sexual orientation, though it should be noted that same-sex marriages are not recognized as valid in the state.

But many states’ laws on adoption by same-sex couples are vague and left to the discretion of judges.

The Romney campaign declined to comment on the story.

Romney has expressed support for same-sex adoption, which he believes is a state issue, most recently saying in an interview last Thursday that he was “fine” with same-sex couples adopting children despite standing against same-sex marriage.

“I believe marriage has been defined the same way for literally thousands of years by virtually every civilization in history and that marriage is literally by its definition a relationship between a man and a woman,”  he told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Thursday. “And that if two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship and even want to adopt a child, in my state individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. In my view that’s something that people have the right to do, but to call that marriage is, in my view, a departure of the real meaning of that word.”

While he has consistently supported same-sex adoption, Romney has called for an exemption for religious institutions who sponsor adoption services.

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