Many gay and lesbian couples are now happily rushing to County Clerk offices across California to tie the knot.
Their weddings follow the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that clears the way for same-sex weddings to resume in the Golden State as well as a Federal Appeals Court lifting a stay.
However, a majority of people polled in the Fresno/Visalia media market find fault with the Supreme Court's ruling.
A recent Action News Poll conducted by SurveyUSA asked 500 adults this question following last week's decision by the High Court:
In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, which defined marriage in the state between one man and one woman, and ended same-sex marriage in California. The state refused to defend Prop 8 in court, so it was defended by its original sponsors. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the original sponsors did not have the legal right to defend Prop 8 in court, and as a result, Prop 8 will no longer be law and same-sex marriage will resume in California. This ruling has no effect on any other state. Do you agree? Or disagree with the Supreme Court's ruling?
Here are the numbers for those responding in the Fresno/Visalia region:
Agree 43% Disagree 52% Not Sure 4% (These numbers have been rounded, but the total is 100%)
The rest of California is at odds with these results.
More about that in a moment, but let's first take a closer look at the numbers from this Action News Poll.
Both a majority of men (54%) and women (51%) disagree with the Supremes' ruling, as did a majority of everyone in the poll 35 years of age or older by a wide margin.
Two-thirds of those responding in the 18-34 age group agree with the ruling.
Also, in agreement with the Supreme Court are a majority of Democrats in the poll... 51%, but Republicans (65%) and Independents (49%) disagree.
A large majority of Evangelicals, Protestants, and other Christian groups in the poll also disagree with the Justices' decision on Prop 8.
Interestingly, Catholics in the poll disagree as well, but only by a slim margin... 50% to 46%... which is within the margin of sampling error of +/-4.5%.
As I mentioned earlier... the statewide results from 500 adults asked the same question about the Prop 8 ruling are different:
Agree 52% Disagree 39% Not Sure 9%
A majority of men (47%) still disagree with the High Court, but a big majority of women (60%) agree with the decision.
The only age group statewide to disagree with the ruling is a majority of those 65 and older... 51%.
The majority of Democrats (57%) and Independents (54%) responding to the poll agree with the decision, but 53% of Republicans statewide do not.
As with the local results, a majority of Evangelicals, Protestants, and other Christian groups disagree with the Supreme Court decision, but statewide, Catholics responding agree with the ruling... 54%-to-32% with 14% not sure.
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