In 2004, Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment banning not only same-sex marriage, but almost any legal or financial change that benefits same-sex couples. 8 years later, a new poll shows strong support for marriage equality in the state.
Only eight years removed from approving an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman, a majority of Michigan residents now support gay marriage, according to the results of a recent survey by Michigan State University.
The State of the State Survey, which included telephone interviews with 1,015 Michigan adults between June and August of this year, found 56 percent of respondents saying they support gay marriage, while only 39 percent said they were opposed.
Two years ago, the statewide survey revealed that a small majority of respondents — 51 percent to 48 percent — were opposed to gay marriage, which would allow same-sex couples to enjoy the benefits of traditional unions, including hospital visitation rights, joint tax returns and joint adoptions.
I think the same thing is happening in many other states. I think in 2016, you’ll see the first states begin to pass referendums repealing the previously-passed bans on gay marriage, possibly here in Michigan. By 2020, many states will have done so. The election two weeks ago, when four states voted for marriage equality, was a huge tipping point.