Poll: Don’t Leave Same-Sex Marriage To The States
As the public attitudes on same-sex marriage continue to evolve, many Republicans seems to be moving toward a position that states that whether or not gays and lesbians should be allowed to matter is a matter that should be left to individual states to survive, rather than the Federal Courts. Under this kind of approach, it’s conceivable that bans against same-sex marriage in deeply red states could stay in place for many years to come until public opinion in states like Alabama and Mississippi changed sufficiently to permit those bans to be overturned. Indeed, even here in Virginia, which is essentially a “Purple” state at this point, it would require a herculian effort to repeal the Constitutional Amendment that the Commonwealth’s voters unfortunately passed in 2006.
Quite obviously, this “leave marriage to the states” idea is little more than a rear guard action that opponents of marriage equality are fighting given that they can see as well as everyone else that they are losing on this issue. Not surprisingly, the public doesn’t seem all that thrilled with a strategy that doesn’t seem to be designed to do any more than delay the inevitable:
A new poll puts support for same-sex marriage at 50 percent, with even more Americans saying the issue ought to be decided based on the federal Constitution — not state laws.
Fifty-percent of American voters support same-sex marriage, while 41 percent oppose it and the remaining 9 percent are unsure or did not answer, according to a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey released on Thursday. It’s the first time support has reached the 50 percent threshold for Quinnipiac.
Meanwhile, 56 percent of voters say the Constitution and not state laws should determine the legality of same-sex marriage, putting the public at odds with some lawmakers who say it should be left up to the states to decide gay marriage.
Support for same-sex marriage increased by 3 percentage points compared with a March 8 Quinnipiac survey when support was at 47 percent. And it’s a staggering change in public opinion from 2008 — when a Quinnipiac poll found that Americans opposed same-sex marriage 55 percent to 36 percent.
You see, rights are not subject to majority rule, and they shouldn’t depend on where you live.