59 percent of Californians approve of same-sex marriageBreaking News, Top Highlights Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
A new Field Poll released Wednesday shows that support for same-sex marriage in California has increased with 59% of residents favoring same-sex unions. The poll showed that the largest increase in approval since 2010 came from middle-aged voters, nonpartisans and Republicans. Other significant gains in support come from Catholics, Latinos and older voters.
“This is real change,” said Poll Director Mark DiCamillo.
The turning of the tides is due in part to LGBT allies and activists who have worked hard to overturn California’s Prop 8 – a measure that was recently dubbed unconstitutional by an appeals court earlier this month.
“With 59% of Californians now in favor of marriage equality, including nearly half of those over 60, the writing is on the wall,” said Rick Jacobs, chair and founder of the Courage Campaign. “The public clearly believes that gay and lesbian couples are no different than their straight counterparts. We love, have families and build community as do all caring people.
This poll is a caution to the right wing that leads the Republican Party today. Even as Romney, Santorum and Gingrich fight to be king of the anti-gay hill, the winner may discover he’s king of an ant hill.”
With the fall of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and the hopeful demise of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Supreme Court would offset a precedent if it overruled the same-sex marriage in the state of California.
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