New poll gives different perspective on gay marriage

Posted on 04 Jun 2008 at 8:55am

According to USA Today, in a story published Tuesday, a recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows that about six in every 10 Americans think that the government should NOT regulate whether gays and lesbians can marry the partners of their choice.

The poll shows that 63 percent of those surveyed believe marriage is “strictly a private matter” between two people, while only 33 percent said the government should have the right to prohibit or allow same-sex marriage.

And while anti-gay-marriage amendments have in the past tended to turn out conservatives and impact elections overall, this same poll seems to suggest that conservatives and Republicans shouldn’t necessarily expect the same kind of response this fall in California. After all, gay marriage has been legal in Massachusetts for four years, and the world hasn’t ended.

USA Today quotes Mark Rozell, professor of public policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., as saying: “People were warned, with lots of overheated rhetoric, about the consequences of gay marriage in Massachusetts. They didn’t see it affect their own lives. Now, most people have let loose a collective yawn about the issue.”

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