New poll confirms that majority support gay marriage in California

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that “In a dramatic reversal of decades of public opinion, California voters agree by a slim majority that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, according to a Field Poll released today.”

Here are a few excerpts from the Chronicle’s article:

By 51-42 percent, registered voters said they believed same-sex marriage should be legal in California. Only 28 percent favored gay marriage in 1977, when the Field Poll first asked that question, said Mark DiCamillo, the poll’s director.

“This is a milestone in California,” he said. “You can’t downplay the importance of a change in an issue we’ve been tracking for 30 years.”

While opposition to same-sex marriage has been weakening for years in California, supporters have remained a minority. In March 2000, for example, voters overwhelmingly backed Proposition 22, a statute that said the state would recognize only the marriage of a man and a woman. A 2006 Field Poll showed that half the state’s voters still disapproved of same-sex marriage.

The new poll confirms that our state has changed since Prop. 22 passed some years ago. Many conservatives have fled our state for other western states. And the Democrats keep adding to their ranks. At last night’s emergency meeting of the Democratic Party of Orange County, their chairman, Frank Barbaro, started the meeting by bragging that his party has added 36,958 new voters this year compared to the OC GOP, which has added only 2,664 new voters. Ouch! The GOP certainly is in a tailspin. I also heard that nationally the GOP is looking at LOSING 11 U.S. Senate seats in November.

And many younger voters are now coming of age in California. As I have been saying for some time, younger voters in California are not as homophobic as their older GOP counterparts.

Even if conservatives place another anti-gay measure on the November ballot, they are not assured of success. Imagine if Barack Obama is the Democratic presidential candidate. He will spend a lot of time in California, and I know he will blast the anti gay marriage measure.

Times are changing. The CA GOP’s Taliban wing better figure out before they become extinct in California.

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