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In Sharp Shift, 56 Percent of Virginia Voters Support Gay Marriage


56 percent of Virginia voters support same-sex marriage, the Washington Post reports, up from 46 percent just two years ago.

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  1. Fascinating, that the biggest percentage gains were made amongst Republicans. Of course they had the most ground to make up (and are still under majority support), but hey, I'll take this as a positive development.

    Posted by: Lars | May 15, 2013 2:36:27 PM

  2. Great to see the gap closing between Republicans and Democrats. In a few more years, the Republican Party will realize that the balance has tipped and there is more to lose by siding with the Religious Right and their anti-gay views than there is to gain, particularly since even the Evangelicals' own children are discarding their parents' homophobic obsession.

    And that is already becoming apparent in their approach to campaigns.

    Once the tipping point is reached and Republicans discard their anti-gay platform planks, then there will be real competition for the votes of gay men, at least (less so for lesbians, perhaps)....and that will be a liberating result, indeed.

    Posted by: Rick | May 15, 2013 2:39:04 PM

  3. Great, I live here - progress. But just like Michigan, thanks to the Republican "the sky is falling scare platform" during the Bush years, the bigots approved a constitutional amendment. Unless the courts are involved, it's a lot of work to reverse that, but at least we have support.

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 15, 2013 2:39:36 PM

  4. I was going to add that support in a robo poll is markedly different than support in the legislature and from voters during the campaign to have the amendment placed back on the ballot for a vote to remove it.

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 15, 2013 2:45:32 PM

  5. Now we need to get rid of Cuccinelli. My state, just like Michigan, has voting records that don't back up this poll's numbers. Hopefully that's going to change, starting in 2014.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 15, 2013 2:48:00 PM

  6. ^Francis

    Yes, Cuccinelli has got to go. Let's just hope the backward parts of the state with all the conservative redneck republicans don't give him the governorship. I can say that, since I live down here in the Redneck Riviera and these people vote for God and not common sense.

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 15, 2013 2:54:05 PM

  7. ^Francis

    Yes, Cuccinelli has got to go. Let's just hope the backward parts of the state with all the conservative redneck republicans don't give him the governorship. I can say that, since I live down here in the Redneck Riviera and these people vote for God and not common sense.

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 15, 2013 2:54:08 PM

  8. Say what you will, but the BIGGEST gain in differential is +25% with *republicans.

    Now that's real progress.

    Posted by: sean | May 15, 2013 2:56:58 PM

  9. I would like to think that it is the people learning one thing or two, but the reality is that that shift must be more like not wanting to be in the losing part. The winner versus loser mentality has its perks and its lows too.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | May 15, 2013 2:58:42 PM

  10. ^^Sean

    Agreed, but one problem with robo polls is that a republican voter's opinion on one issue doesn't always equate to support at the polls. Amendment repeal would be on the ballot during the general election. They would have to cast their ballot for their republican candidate who doesn't support the issue and then cast another vote to repeal the amendment.

    This is certainly encouraging, but currently there are no plans here in VA to repeal the amendment. Does this news mean the road ahead looks good for that? I hope so.

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 15, 2013 3:03:44 PM

  11. We need to get rid of our sodomy law on the books and implement some things like hate crimes and ENDA before we really can move on marriage, IMO. At least Equality VA's focus has been on those things and not marriage.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 15, 2013 3:09:20 PM

  12. Cuccinelli is leading the polls, Bob. Which isn't good, obviously. The rat Cantor won by a wide margin in November. Our presidential election results have been going Democratic for the most part of late but statewide, we can't seem to shake free from Republican control. We'll see if that changes.

    I'm nervous about Minnesota and Iowa because those states are going to be in play with a lot of seats up for grabs. Republican citizens may be evolving but Republican legislators aren't. We need to solidify our numbers and hopefully make gains in several of these states so we can make a move on equality, or in the case of Minnesota and Iowa, put the nail in the coffin of the bigots.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 15, 2013 3:14:25 PM

  13. If a majority of Virginians now support gay marriage, then the bottom has totally fallen out of the anti-gay marriage side. It's hard to find a more retrograde Republican state than Virginia. Gay people in every state should now be organizing to abolish whatever legal impediments to marriage equality exist and win equality in their state legislatures and in the hearts of the public. The marriage equality wave is now a tsunami. Let's ride it!

    Posted by: Jim | May 15, 2013 3:20:31 PM

  14. ^Francis

    "Republican citizens may be evolving but Republican legislators aren't."

    Perfectly said and sums up the problem quite nicely.

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 15, 2013 3:26:48 PM

  15. ^Jim

    This was the most recent news on that front:

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 15, 2013 3:29:40 PM

    The tide is coming in rapidly

    * from 46 of 100 to 56 of 100

    Posted by: Bob | May 15, 2013 5:21:49 PM

  17. When a Midwestern state like Minnesota approves marriage equality, and a majority of votes in a swing state like Virginia support marriage equality, you know that Rush Limbaugh was right when he said that the battle against marriage equality is over.

    Posted by: | May 15, 2013 5:28:49 PM

  18. Or at least that, in the long term, the fight against it is over. It's just a matter of time.

    Posted by: | May 15, 2013 5:29:15 PM

  19. This is a response to a comment made above that if only the Republicans would drop their anti-gay position then they could compete for the gay vote. I personally would never vote for any republican even if they do drop their anti-gay platform plank. Republican = any policy to make big corporations and wealthy individuals richer at the expense of working class and middle class folks. In other words: cut social security as well as medicare and medicaid, abolish estate taxes, cut income taxes on the wealthy, gut regulations that are designed to protect us from pollution and employer abuses, etc. which all means more money for the top few percent and less money for the average Joe who will then pay more in taxes and fees on every product and service you can possibly imagine. This is exactly what our tea party governor and legislature are currently doing to our lovely Tarheel state as we speak. So if you are tempted to vote GOP go right ahead, but I aint buying into that agenda, not going to happen.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | May 15, 2013 6:50:15 PM

  20. Am I missing something or is has the Facebook share button disappeared??

    Posted by: LeoMDK | May 15, 2013 9:43:51 PM

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