Majority of Californians say they’d vote for same-sex marriage


This just in from the LA Times:

If a vote similar to Proposition 8 upholding a ban on same-sex marriage were held tomorrow, a majority of Californians say they would cast ballots in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The poll was conducted in English and Spanish by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute….

One in four Californians reported that their views on rights for gay and lesbian people had become more supportive over the last five years, compared with 8% who said they had become more opposed, the poll revealed.

A total of 51% of Californians said they would vote to allow homosexuals to marry if a vote similar to Proposition 8 were held tomorrow, compared with 45% who said they would vote to keep same-sex marriage illegal, the survey showed.

The poll highlighted shifting attitudes within the black community, divisions among Latinos, the influence of the clergy on parishioners and insights into the role of religion in shaping the Proposition 8 debate.

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Addendum. Take note of the sobering thoughts and links in the first comment below.

Addendum 2. Press release from California Faith for Equality: “We now have data supporting our conviction that religion can be a positive force for marriage equality.”

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