According to the Public Policy Institute of California, a majority of the State’s residents are more likely to support same-sex marriage than to oppose it, with those against marriage equality at 45 percent. It is the first time a PPIC poll has found more than 45 percent support for same-sex marriage since it began asking about marriage equality in 2000.
Fifty percent of Californians now support the right for same-sex couples to marry, according to results of a poll recently conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), a non-profit and non-partisan think tank. A significant six-point jump from last year’s March 2009 PPIC poll, the findings are the best result PPIC has ever recorded on this issue. The poll also illustrates a trend of increasing support for other basic rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families among Californians.
In response to the new data, Equality California‘s Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
“We are very pleased that the more than 700,000 conversations about marriage that Equality California has initiated over the past year with Californians across the state, alongside our tireless volunteers and coalition partners, are making a remarkable difference. We are seeing the tremendous impact of reaching out, one-on-one, to change hearts and minds toward equality and fairness.
“Moving forward, we are committed to having more than 1 million conversations with voters in order to achieve solid majority support by 2012, when we will return to the ballot to restore the freedom to marry.” March 24, 2010
Californians are horribly dissatisfied with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Can you imagine Meg Whitman? She will be our worst nightmare. Imagine now that we finally have the numbers on our side – getting an anti-proposition 8 Ballot measure passed and then having anti-gay Meg Whitman getting it on her desk for signature? After all we have been through – OY-VEY – MEG-GO AWAY – No Republicans in California Government Please. We want marriage Equality and we finally have our voice.
I believe this change in sentiment is with great thanks to the dismantling of the misinformation engendered by Mormon ads during the Prop 8 campaign in 2008. Californians will no longer listen to zealots from outside our bounds. We are pro gay marriage at last!
Thank you EQCA,
Thank you NCLR!
Thank You City of San Francisco,
SF City Attorneys,
State Senator Mark Leno
By Melanie Nathan, firstname.lastname@example.org