Same-Sex Marriage is Wildly, Amazingly, Incredibly Popular . . . Except Where It's Not
According to new polling, when you take out the grand minority of states that have already legalized same-sex marriage, this is a country that is still solidly against redefining a pre-political institution.
According to Harper Polling, 57% of residents of states still holding to the pre-political definition of marriage still favor leaving the institution alone. Only 34% are inclined to redefine it. But, there's more.
Not only is marriage still quite in vogue, politically speaking, it's dangerous to come out in favor of redefining it in these states. In fact, 47% of folks surveyed believed that when a candidate changes his or her position to be newly in favor of same-sex marriage, it makes them want to vote them out of office. And that's not just Republicans. 52% of Independent voters - the fastest growing segment of voters in the country - and a full 1/3 of Democrats would flip their votes against a candidate changing his or her stance on marriage.
The take-aways are clear. First, marriage is still wildly popular and the effort to redefine it is hardly inevitable as published. Take the discussion to the heartland, away from ivory towers and crowded streets of urban America, and most of this country still favors marriage between one man and one woman.
Not only that, but the data is clear: the voters still favor representatives that reflect their views on this topic. It may seem popular - even for some blue republicans in a blue state like West Virginia - to hedge their political bets by coming out in favor of same-sex marriage (or some variety thereof), but that is simply not the case. Rather, voters want their politicians to accurately reflect them. That means politicians ought to stay true to the pre-political institution of marriage between one man and one woman and now cow to the winds of "inevitability" that bluster, but blow few men down.