"A majority of California voters oppose a November ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, according to a survey released Friday.
"The Field Poll found that 51 percent of likely voters say they would vote against Proposition 8, while 42 percent say they would vote for it.
"The poll shows a turnaround from 2000, when 61 percent of voters cast ballots in favor Proposition 22, which strengthened the state's 1978 one-man, one-woman marriage law with the words 'Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.'"
This percentage difference is significant and remarkable! However, if those figures hold or even improve in November, what must be emphasized is that the poll numbers, in and of themselves, are irrelevant if those who support same-sex marriage don't get out and vote, and encourage others of like mind to vote as well.
These percentages don't tell us, nor can they tell us, the true depth of feelings behind the attitudes they reflect; Sociologists have long known that "attitudes" aren't necessarily congruent with "behavior."
Hence, it's crucial to realize that those who are in favor of this amendment are "true believers," who are very likely to turn out on election day in droves, so it is also crucial for those who are against this amendment to go to the polls in droves and vote as well!
I'm concerned that those who favor the amendment might well be more passionate about their attitudes than those who are against it, and it can't be emphasized enough how important it is for those of us who are against this hateful amendment to put our attitudes into action at the ballot box.