Republicans Alone In Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage

A new Gallup poll puts public support for same sex marriage at 50%, but perhaps the most interesting thing is the breakdown by political subgroup, which shows the GOP to be wildly out-of-step with the rest of the country:

You’re losing this one guys, it’s only a matter of time.

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Doug Mataconis
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Comments

  1. Scotch Man says:

    Like I tell everyone, even if you have every kind of religious bullshit reason to oppose it, it does NOTHING TO HARM YOU! It’s like wanting coffee illegal because you don’t life it. It’s time for conservatives to get out of the dark ages.

  2. Thankfully, most of the true problems in this regard will disappear simply through attrition.

  3. @Christopher Bowen:

    True. Of course some people will continue to believe the nonsense. Heck, today someone posted in a comment thread on my FB wall that he believed that laws against interracial marriage should be reinstated. I always knew people like that still existed, I just assumed they kept their mouths shut about such issues in order to to embarress themselves.

  4. Gulliver says:

    Over half of the Democrats and about 80% of the Independents you list above think it should be illegal. But your headline is “Republicans Alone in Opposition to same sex marriage” . And your tagline is that the Republicans are losing this one …?

    Nice narrative. NC will tonight become the 31st state to prove your premise wrong. One would think that the numbers you cite would be sufficient, but apparently reality has many different interpretations for intellectuals.

    Good luck with that.

  5. mattb says:

    @Christopher Bowen:

    Thankfully, most of the true problems in this regard will disappear simply through attrition.

    The real question is not so much when the majority of opponents disappear, it’s when does the majority of legislation those opponent’s put in place disappear.

    Considering the number of states that have amended their constitutions in response to Moral Panics over same sex marriage, its going to take quite a while for this issue to go away (barring action on the Federal Level).

    Further, as we’ve already seen, a concerted minority effort can drag those changes out even longer.

    In other words, they might be going away, but not without a fight and not without enacting spoiler legislation that risks being around even after most of the opposition has gone away.

  6. @Gulliver:

    Over half of the Democrats and about 80% of the Independents you list above think it should be illegal.

    Someone needs to schedule an appointment with their opthamologist…

  7. mattb says:

    @Gulliver:

    Over half of the Democrats and about 80% of the Independents you list above think it should be illegal.

    Source for those numbers?

    Or is it just that you can’t read? I just checked again and Gallup clearly states that 65% of Democrats and 57% of Independents think it should be LEGAL.

  8. Gulliver says:

    Correction .. …legal Not illegal. Hah! Now that sentence makes a little more sense…

  9. TonyW says:

    Putting civil rights issues to a vote – particularly in the form a constitutional amendment – is organically repulsive. The constitution’s historical role is to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority.

  10. mattb says:

    @Gulliver:

    Correction .. …legal Not illegal. Hah! Now that sentence makes a little more sense…

    Yes, but it makes the entire first paragraph make even less sense…

    Over half of the Democrats and about 80% of the Independents you list above think it should be [legal]. But your headline is “Republicans Alone in Opposition to same sex marriage” . And your tagline is that the Republicans are losing this one …?

    If independents and Democratic majorities are form making it Legal. First of all the Gallup poll says on 57% (not 80%*) of Independents think it should be legal. In other words a majority of Democrats and Independents believe it should be legal, making Republicans the lone majority who this it should be illegal. So Doug’s title is correct.

    And while Social Conservatives will probably win NC tonight, their victories are getting further and further between — especially as State Legislatures begin to take up the issue in the North.

    * – And please don’t tell me you got to 80% by tallying up 34% of Democratic Opponents and 40% of Independent Opponents, because I hope you understand that’s not how percentages work.

  11. An Interested Party says:

    Who cares about a complete lack of understanding basic math and percentages when you have a false narrative to push…

  12. Rob in CT says:

    Hence all the constitutional amendments attempts. They know full well they’re losing. They can see the writing on the wall. So they want to throw up as many barriers as they can while thsy still have a chance. It’s a rearguard action (heh).

  13. EDD says:

    Funny how polls can be so wrong when you actually put something to a vote. Even liberal lairs such as California can pass a ban on same-sex marriage even though the courts can’t seem to let the people’s will stand.

  14. Rick says:

    God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Adam or Eve and Eve.