Support for Gay Marriage from Unexpected Corners
Link from the Washington Post. It is refreshing to see growing support for marriage equality from influential voices like Barbara Bush, Republicans, Catholics and the public at large. I think our children will laugh at us for being so slow to extend equal opportunities to the LGBT community. Better late than never!
Over the last decade, Republican politicians and the Catholic bishops have been key players leading the charge to ban same-sex marriage. Two recent surprises in New York State should raise some eyebrows among these groups.
First, Barbara Bush, George W. Bush's daughter, produced a newly-released video on behalf of "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality," a project of the Human Rights Campaign. In the video, she says, "I'm Barbara Bush, and I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality, and everyone should have the right to marry the person they love."
Given the prominent role that same-sex marriage bans played in Barbara Bush's father's presidential campaign, her appearance is certainly one striking example of the generational divides on this issue.
Second, a recent survey of New York registered voters conducted by Quinnipiac University found that a solid majority (56%) now say they would support a law that would allow same-sex couples to marry. Less than 4-in-10 (37%) New York voters say they would oppose the law. Views on same-sex marriage in New York state have shifted significantly since Quinnipiac first gauged voter sentiment on the issue in April 2004, when a solid majority of New Yorkers opposed allowing same-sex couples to marry (55% to 37%).
One other surprise was the poll's finding that a majority (52%) of New York Catholic voters support allowing same-sex couples to marry. Six-in-ten Jewish voters in New York also support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, while Protestant voters are evenly divided (46% support, 48% oppose).