Legalize gay marriage, or there will be gay porn (or something)

Legalize gay marriage, or there will be gay porn (or something)

It’s hard to call something a “study” when it features a graphic that boldly proclaims that the difference between 4.41% and 4.13% is 7%, but I’m getting ahead of myself. A report filed jointly by Pornhub and Buzzfeed asks the question: Do the states with legalized gay marriage watch more gay porn than the states where it is still illegal?

The quick answer: yes. At 4.41%, states with legalized gay marriage watch 7% more gay porn than states without at 4.13%.

In this formulation, their arithmetic makes slightly better sense — 4.41% divided by 4.13% does in fact work out to 1.07 — but using a percentage of a percentage is still misleading. Maybe the authors were using Common Core methodology to arrive at their answer. At any rate they seem cognizant of the fuzziness of their math, writing:

The results get trickier once you start looking at the map, state by state. The majority of states with a high percentage of gay viewers is in the South, where gay marriage is illegal in all states. Dixie loves dicks so much, that the percentage of gay viewers for every single state in the South is higher than the average of the legal gay marriage states.

In number one, holding a record 5.58% gay users, is a state where, funny enough, butt sex is still illegal: Mississippi. Louisiana is closely on its rear at 5.44%, and Georgia with 5.38%.

As for the States with legalized gay marriage, there’s no big surprises in the top 3: Hawaii at 5.38%, followed by notoriously liberal New York at 5.27%, and California with 5.27%.

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Speaking of methodology, the authors never explain how they obtained these findings. Did they go door-to-door asking whether the residents watch gay porn? If the results are based on arrest reports, then the findings are skewed.

Even if we accept the numbers at face value, what conclusion are the authors expecting readers to take away? Are they arguing that states that forbid gays to marry are filled with closet homosexuals who get their jollies by watching gay porn? If so, why would that be, unless we are we now to believe that the gay community — having embraced  the age-old traditional ritual of marriage — no longer believes in premarital sex? Whatever the intended takeaway, the authors seem to be committing the logical fallacy of inferring causation from correlation. Or maybe that’s phallusy, and it’s intentional.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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