On Thursday the Obama administration stepped in and asked the Supreme Court to consider overturning Proposition 8 which currently bans same-sex marriage in the state of California but it turns out couples who hope to obtain the legal right to marry may not need the Supreme Court. According to Daily Democrat online Friday, a new Field poll shows that state voters are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.
In the latest poll released on Wednesday, 61 percent of California voters approve of same-sex marriage being approve which is a huge shift from 1977 that has seen the numbers of voters approving has almost doubled. This is attributed to the changing climate of younger generations becoming of voting age.
The poll shows that seventy-eight percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 39 approve compared to 48 percent of those 65 and older. Overall the poll suggest that same-sex couples may fare a better chance at the ballot box should the legal battle is lost when the issue of Proposition 8 goes before the Supreme Court on March 26 with the ruling scheduled to be made by June.
John O’Connor, director of Equality California, believes the time is now to join the other 9 states that have already legalized same-sex marriage.
“Time is on our side on the issue. Every time a poll comes out we see an increase in public support.”
But opponents believe the polls may present public acceptance but it doesn’t change the definition of marriage.
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, said “the truth has always been, and will always remain, no matter what any law says, that if you don’t have one man and one woman, you don’t have real marriage.”
With the declining numbers of those who are in resistance of same-sex marriage, that definition, however, seems to be redefining itself as recognition of a bond between two people.