The tide does seem to be inexorable, but I’ll delay celebrating advances of marriage equality until there’s equality for all. Still, poll results like this give hope:
A year after gay marriage became legal in Maine most voters think it’s no big deal. 72% say gay marriage has had no impact on their lives, with 15% saying it’s had a positive impact on them and just 13% claiming it’s had a negative effect on them. Even among voters opposed to gay marriage in the state 70% acknowledge that it hasn’t actually had any ill effect on their lives.
Last year voters approved gay marriage by 6 points at the polls. Now voters say they support it by a 17 point margin, 54/37. It’s 57/31 among independents, and voters under 30 favor it 65/26. For the most part voters’ reaction is that it’s just not a big deal.
Imagine. Maine voters have realized that marriage equality didn’t damage heterosexual marriage (heterosexuals are capable of that all by themselves) or life as they knew it. Come the day marriage equality arrives in Arkansas — making the bold presumption it happens in my lifetime — I’m reasonably confident it won’t affect my 37-year marriage.