POLL: California Voters Are Ready For Marriage Equality

At some point in the next three weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, and a new poll confirms that California voters are ready for full marriage equality. According to the University of Southern California and Los Angeles Times, 58 percent of registered California voters support marriage equality, while only 36 percent are opposed. As in other polls, those who had a gay friend or family members were more likely to support same-sex marriage (65 percent).

Several other polls have shown that Californians are ready to leave Prop 8 in the dustbin of history:

  • June: 58-36 in support of marriage equality (USC/LA Times).
  • May: 56-38 in support of marriage equality (Public Policy Institute of California).
  • March: 67-30 in support of same-sex couples deserving the legal benefits of marriage (SurveyUSA).
  • Februrary: 61-32 in support of marriage equality (Sacramento Bee).

Though many suspect the Supreme Court will not rule definitively on Proposition 8, instead allowing a lower court ruling to stand, the Justices cannot argue that public support is opposed to same-sex marriage. In fact, both in California and nationally, a majority consistently report that they approve of recognizing same-sex marriage. When the Supreme Court overturned bans on interracial marriage in 1967, only 20 percent of the American public supported allowing blacks and whites to marry. It wasn’t until over 20 years after Loving v. Virginia (1991) that a majority of Americans were on board with interracial marriage. The polling shows that in terms of justice, same-sex marriage equality is long overdue.