jay115 wrote:Also, what law school is in Bakersfield?
Why does it matter? The argument seems to be whether California is more liberal than Texas on acceptance of gays. Bakersfield is in California. You did say, "California is going to be more liberal towards LGBTs than Texas."[/quote]
California is the liberal state. If you weren't aware, both propositions were to ban gay marriage, so a higher percentage means more people want to ban gay marriage. Thus, I'm not sure I understand your question.
As to the Bakersfield remark - you were comparing Dallas to Bakersfield, as SMU is in Dallas. It's a fallacious argument because there's no equivalent law school in Bakersfield. Even if we were to extrapolate the discussion to encompass the state, your argument would still be fallacious. Bakersfield does not represent the totality of California, as Dallas does not represent the totality of Texas. If the debate is whether California or Texas is more gay friendly as a whole, then comparing Bakersfield to Dallas is clearly bullshit. Dallas is one of the largest cities in Texas, so you should have been more intellectually honest in your comparison and chosen one of the largest cities in California, such as Los Angeles or San Francisco.[/quote]
I don't mean to go back to this, but you cannot come to a numerical conclusion based on percentages (see bolded statement above) without knowing how many people voted because there's no way of knowing what the percentage corresponds to in numbers. So, a higher percentage doesn't necessarily mean more people. Let's say 100 people voted on gay marriage in Texas and only 10 voted on gay marriage in California. 75% of voters in Texas vote against gay marriage (75 people against gay marriage, 25 for). 95% of voters in California vote against gay marriage (9.5 against gay marriage, .5 for). While the anti-gay voting percentage is higher in California than in Texas, one cannot say that more Californians are against gay marriage than Texans (in this scenario).
I think we all get what you're saying about California being more progressive toward the LGBT community (and I'm pretty sure no one on here disagrees), but just watch how you use the numbers and percentages!