California Voters Are Ready For Marriage Equality

Written by Zack Ford

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.

This post was originally published at ThinkProgress.


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tin leng lim
tin leng lim2 years ago

Good news.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal2 years ago

Aren't most of us ready?

Jody B.
Jody B.2 years ago


teresa floyd
teresa floyd2 years ago

I am from San Diego as well, and it is about time that they pass this law. Hell it took them long enough. Other states voted for it, but California just kept dragging there feet.
Am really glad to hear this

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Allan Yorkowitz
.2 years ago

San Diego is not San Francisco..

Sharon R.
Sharon R.2 years ago

I'm surprised by this poll. Having lived in San Diego, a very conservative and Republican area, I would not have thought so many supported gay marriage. They seem very family-oriented there.

pam w.
pam w.2 years ago

AND--if it becomes necessary, THIS TIME we absolutely will ''out'' the Mormons and any effort they make to fight civil rights here.

Suzanne B.
Suzanne B.2 years ago

thanks for sharing!

janet T.
janet T.2 years ago

good! And I think it is a good thing that so many states are voting on this!! Every state that passes this sends a message that it is time. I call it democracy in action.