A new poll commissioned by the Columbus Dispatch finds that, less than ten years after Ohio voters passed a referendum amending the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, a majority now thinks that referendum should be repealed and marriage in that state should be equal.
Ohioans’ sentiments have shifted dramatically since voters overwhelmingly supported the 2004 ban on same-sex marriage.
The constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman passed with 62 percent support.
But now, just days before the U.S. Supreme Court considers a pair of landmark gay-marriage cases, a new Saperstein Poll for The Dispatch shows that 54 percent back a proposed new amendment to repeal the 2004 measure and “allow two consenting adults to marry, regardless of their gender.”
Just 40 percent oppose the proposal, which also would allow religious institutions to determine who they will or won’t marry, and protect such institutions that refuse to perform a marriage.
The same is true in several others states that passed similar referendums in 2004 and 2008. That’s why I predict that by 2016, we’re going to see several states start to repeal them. The tide has turned on this issue in a big way, no matter what the Supreme Court does.