The National Organization for Marriage has a real problem. Public opinion has shifted massively on marriage equality, which a majority now supporting it, and the pro-equality side went 4-for-4 in state referendum fights on the ballot last year. But they can’t admit that because it might cost them funding and dishearten their members, so they choose instead to play pretend with really bad arguments:
In England, a recent report showed that nearly two-thirds of MP’s believe that supporting gay ‘marriage’ is a ‘vote loser.’ And reports from local Conservative associations show a rapid decline in membership, with gay marriage seen as one of the reasons. Now even the Prime Minister, David Cameron, is saying that he regrets “forcing” marriage redefinition through the Parliament.
Thumbs DownThe same can be said in America. Despite the droning drumbeat of the mainstream media, nearly two-thirds – 65 percent – of Americans disapprove of redefining marriage.
During the November 2012 elections, true marriage out-polled the Romney campaign in all four states marriage was on the ballot – by double digit margins!
Uh, yeah. But you lost in all four of those states. And the claim that 65% of Americans oppose marriage equality appears to be rectally-derived. You can find all of the recent polls on the subject here. Not one of them shows a majority opposing equality. Every single one shows at least a plurality supporting it and nearly all of them show majority support. Here are the ten most recent results (the ones specifically about whether they would support a law legalizing same-sex marriage, not the ones about the Supreme Court’s ruling specifically):
Bloomberg National Poll, Sept. 20-23, 2013: 55%-36%.
CBS News Poll. July 18-22, 2013: 55%-39%.
Gallup Poll. July 10-14, 2013: 54%-43%.
Quinnipiac University Poll. June 28-July 8, 2013: 49%-44%.
USA Today Poll, June 27-30, 2013: 55%-40%.
CNN/ORC Poll. June 11-13, 2013: 55%-44%.
ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 5-9, 2013: 57%-40%.
Public Religion Research Institute. May 15-19, 2013: 52%-43%.
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, April 5-8, 2013: 53%-42%.
CBS News Poll. March 20-24, 2013: 53%-39%.
The data could hardly be more clear. But when facts contradict ideology, or worse fundraising efforts, facts must be made to disappear.