Many of us are waiting for the California Supreme Court to rule on the validity of Proposition 8, but in the meantime, this blog post from columnist Andrew Sullivan reveals some interesting new data on attitudes around gay marriage in California. While there appears to be a slight lean toward support for same-sex marriage in California (48 to 47 percent, with 5 percent undecided), the numbers of LGBT support increase dramatically for those who know or work with gay and lesbian individuals, while those who do not oppose same-sex marriage by more than a 2-1 margin. The percentage who favor no recognition for gay couples whatsoever, according to the poll, remains at only 19 percent.
What this means for supporters of LGBT rights is that momentum and public opinion are on our side, regardless of what the California Supreme Court rules. As straight allies, it means standing up for gay marriage rights and letting our friends and co-workers know that we support the rights of our LGBT friends and neighbors, and standing behind LGBT individuals and couples when they speak out. The more people we can reach, the more likely we are to defeat measures like Proposition 8 before they go to the courts, and the more likely we’ll be to see an eventual victory, should LGBT supporters have to get a new measure onto a future ballot to overturn Prop 8.