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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s declaration of support for gay marriage may have prompted some Americans, especially blacks and Hispanics, to reconsider their opposition to letting homosexuals wed, an analysis of Reuters/Ipsos online poll data showed on Friday.

On May 9, Obama became the first US president to say he believed same-sex couples should be allowed to get married.

His position was hailed by Democrats, gay rights groups and others as a benchmark for civil rights in the United States and criticized by Republican activists and conservative Christian leaders as a divisive campaign issue before the Nov. 6 election.

The poll data found that African-Americans in particular were less likely to oppose gay marriage after Obama’s announcement than before. Before May 9, 34 percent of blacks opposed gay marriage. Afterward, 23 percent did.

The poll asked participants whether they opposed gay marriage, supported same-sex civil unions, supported gay marriage or were unsure.

Lower opposition by black Americans did not translate into support for gay marriage, according to the data.

Support by African-Americans for civil unions rose by 9 percentage points to 28 percent after Obama spoke, but support for gay marriage slipped by 2 points to 29 percent from 31 percent, and the percentage of African-Americans who were unsure rose 5 points to 21 percent.

“Black Americans are a critical constituency for the president looking forward to November, and this attitudinal shift is good news for Mr. Obama. If he is able to lead and push opinion, rather than only react to it, he will be able to more effectively govern if he wins a second term,” Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said. Obama is America’s first black president.

Hispanic support for gay marriage rose by 5 percentage points to 51 percent from 46 percent after Obama announced his new position. Hispanic opposition to gay marriage also shifted downward by 3 points to 20 percent from 23 percent.

White Americans’ attitudes changed least. Whites’ opposition to gay marriage slipped by just 2 points to 25 percent, and support for it rose, also by 2 points to 41 percent from 39 percent, the analysis found.

For the poll respondents overall, the percentage of people who opposed gay marriage dropped to 24 percent after Obama announced his shift, from 27 percent previously.

And the percentage who support marriage for same-sex couples rose to 41 percent from 39 percent.

Data were collected online via Ipsos’ ongoing daily polling for Reuters. The data were taken from an aggregate analysis of all data collected so far since January 2012.

Questions on support for gay marriage as well as race have been in place since the beginning of the poll tracking. The data were cut so that all ‘pre’ figures predate Obama’s announcement about his support for gay marriage, and all ‘post’ data follows the announcement.

The precision of Reuters/Ipsos online polling is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll had a credibility interval of plus or minus 0.7 percentage points for white Americans surveyed before May 9, and plus or minus 2.1 points for whites afterward.

For blacks surveyed before May 9, the credibility interval was plus or minus 1.7 points. It was plus or minus 5 points for blacks after May 9. For Hispanics, the interval was plus or minus 1.5 points for the “before” data and plus or minus 4.6 points for the “after.” — Reuters

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PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Guard the kingdom of Thy Vicar on earth,
our chief bishop.
Pray for the people;
intercede for the clergy;
protect the consecrated virgins.
Give us strength against our enemies and thine.
Give courage to the fearful;
joy to those that mourn;
peace to the contrite of heart;
perseverance to the just.
Let all experience thy protection,
Virgin and Mother.
Through thee the nations are brought to repentance,
the demons are put to flight.
They that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death
are filled with the knowledge and love of Thy Son.
Amen.

– St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R., 1811-1860

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We have to change our heart’s and invite JESUS , because our heart is the Temple of our lord …

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Pray For Us O Holy Mother of God. In Jesus name Amen….

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BUENOS AIRES – Argentine experts have discovered the near-complete remains of a new species of Jurassic-era dinosaur that stood on its rear legs and had tiny arms, a leading paleontologist said Thursday.
The find belongs to the Abelisaurus family, “the most common carnivorous species in the southern hemisphere during the Cretaceous Period,” some 70 to 100 million years ago, paleontologist Diego Pol told AFP.
“However the fossils that we found are some 170 million years old,” from the earlier Jurassic Period, Pol said.
The creature looks a bit like a scaled-down Tyrannosaurus rex, but with even smaller arms.
The new species, baptized Eoabelisaurus mefi, predates the oldest known member of the Abelisauri lineage by more than 40 million years.
Unlike its descendants, this six-meter (20-foot) long creature creature “has completely reduced arms and tiny claws, which implies that it used only its very sharp teeth to feed itself,” Pol said.
Abelisauri remains have been found only in the southern hemisphere.
Experts believe a great desert in the Earth’s single land mass at the time, Pangea, could have acted as a geographic barrier, preventing the species from spreading north.
The fossils were discovered on Condor Hill, in the southern Patagonian province of Chubut, some 1,800 kilometers (1,120 miles) southwest of Buenos Aires.
A 25-member team from the Edigio Feruglio Museum of Paleontology in Chubut discovered the creature’s cranium and vertebrae during a dig in 2009.
The team was forced to abandon the expedition when winter approached, and returned the next year during the summer, when “we found the animal’s whole articulated skeleton,” Pol said.
Details of the find appear in an article Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.
Argentina earned fame as a prime site for dinosaur fossil hunters with several discoveries in the 1980s, including the Argentinosaurus Huinculensis, a giant herbivore more than 40 meters (131 feet) long that lived 98 million years ago.
In 1993, scientists in Argentina found the remains of the Giganotosaurus Carolinii, a T-Rex type creature that is the largest carnivorous dinosaur ever found. –Agence France-Presse

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