Raleigh, N.C. – Though they passed Prop 8 by five points, Californians now favor legal same-sex marriage by the same margin, a ten-point reversal in three years. Further, the consensus for legal equality, which is already largely a reality with domestic partnership rights, reaches more than three-quarters supermajority support. Given the option of civil unions as well as full marriage rights, 43% of the state’s voters still prefer marriage, with another 35% liking the civil-union status quo. Only 21% do not want any legal recognition for gay couples, less than half the 43% who want same-sex marriage itself to remain illegal. 85% of Democrats, 79% of independents, and even 65% of Republicans favor at least civil unions.
Similarly, voters rejected Prop 19, which would have legalized, regulated, and taxed the sale of marijuana, by seven points last fall. But by a 48-42 margin, they now favor legalizing marijuana usage, a 13-point turnaround in one year.