Two weeks after the California Supreme Court overturned the state’s gay marriage ban, a new Field Survey finds that 51 percent of registered Californian voters oppose a conservative-backed effort to “put a state constitutional amendment on the ballot in November” prohibiting gay marriage. Reuters reports:
The poll found that in recent decades a growing number of Californians have approved allowing same-sex couples to marry, with 51 percent of those polled now approving, up from 44 percent in 2006 and 30 percent in 1985.
Andrew Sullivan writes: “The initiative will be asking voters to do two disruptive things: change the state constitution and retroactively impugn these already-existing marriages. This is a tall order. And it’s one more reason that the gay movement needs to understand that this referendum is the most important in the history of our civil rights struggle.”