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Gay marriage canvassing success detailed, dashed as study's findings are doubted
Gay marriage canvassing success detailed, dashed as study's findings are doubted

Laura Gardiner knew she was making a difference with her work. As national mentoring coordinator at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Leadership Lab, she and her colleagues had toiled to train 1,000 volunteers who had fanned out across Los Angeles and beyond, lobbying voters in precincts that had cast ballots against gay rights. The idea was to push back against prejudice, house by house — and over the years, the group's internal evaluations indicated, the Leadership Lab had gotten quite good at changing voter minds. When an independent study published in the prestigious journal Science confirmed the group's success, Gardiner had been thrilled. Then, last week, a...

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