Equality California, an LGBT advocacy group, released a new poll yesterday that will give the gay community something to celebrate this month alongside gay pride: Majority of likely California voters now support same-sex marriage.
The poll shows that of the 800 likely voters surveyed in 2013, 55 percent said they like the idea of same-sex marriage, a generous increase from 42 percent in 2007.
What's more, the poll indicated that support among Republicans increased by 12 percent between 2009 to 2013. In addition, there was a 17 percent increase in support among 45 and 65 year olds, and African Americans seem to be coming around to the notion of gays tying the knot, according to the poll.
The results were delivered the same month that the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on Prop 8, the state's ban on gay marriage. This poll, which was conducted by San Francisco-based David Binder Research, just proves that "California is ready for the resumption of marriage for same-sex couples," according to Equality California.
The gay-rights group noted that the poll also showed conversations about gay marriage have influenced voters' perceptions on gay marriage -- for the better. Researchers asked respondents to recall a friendly chat they had with someone they knew personally about what same-sex marriage meant to them. One in three respondents recalled a conversation that resulted in an "overwhelmingly positive" response, a 43 percent impact on their decision to support same-sex marriage.
"The simple act of having a conversation with a person directly impacted makes such a huge difference in humanizing our community and building support for equality," John O'Connor, Equality California executive director said in a statement. "It is literally a game-changer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, and you see that in the numbers."
Happy Gay Pride Month!
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