Equality Opponents Put Bigotry on the Back Burner

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that opponents of marriage equality are losing their will to fight. Not only are their numbers dwindling, but their zeal for the fight is waning as well. When asked if a candidate’s position on the subject matter when deciding who to vote for, most said not very important.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that 56 percent of Americans support the right of gay people to get married, and another 50 percent believe it’s a constitutional right. That’s pretty much in line with recent polling showing support for gay marriage on the rise.

And while gay marriage opponents are an ever-shrinking portion of the population, just as importantly, they are far less keen on pressing the issue.

The new poll also asked people how important the issue of gay marriage is to their vote for Congress. While 81 percent of strong gay marriage supporters say it’s at least “somewhat” important, just 50 percent of strong opponents say the same.

Nearly half of those who strongly oppose gay marriage (48 percent) say it’s not even somewhat important to them. Just 19 percent of strong gay marriage supporters are so casual about it.

This is what usually happens during a time of relatively rapid change. Most people initially oppose it just because it seems radical and, over time, that position seems less and less tenable. Once it starts to appear inevitable that the change is going to occur, it just ceases to matter as much. And eventually, the opposition fades away. Most people don’t like fighting a battle they know they’re gonna lose.

"I have seen zero (serious) people who claim Franken and Moore are both equally as ..."

How to Think Critically About the ..."
"Pretty much every word of this sounds like a verbatim defense from a Roy Moore ..."

How to Think Critically About the ..."
"If that's the kind of story he has to tell his wife to get in ..."

Warning: Alex Jones is Going to ..."
"Circular reasoning aside, were they saying that ALL the angels were with Lot at Sodom?"

Wiles: Gays Would Rape Angels if ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • pocketnerd

    NO! Don’t give up, Republicans! Fight this battle! Fight it hard in 2014! Fight it hard in 2016! You don’t want to be one of those conformed-to-this-world salad bar phony so-called Christians, do you? And after all, you’ve been saying for twenty years that gay marriage would destroy America — YOU DON’T WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA, DO YOU?! Go down with the gay-hatin’ ship!

  • raven

    And eventually, the opposition fades away.

    Not so sure about that.

    The Civil War ended 149 years ago. Segregation and laws against interracial marriage ended decades ago.

    Racism is still common and making a huge comeback. You could say the same thing about misogyny.

    There will always be deadenders.

  • raven

    That unused fundie xian hate has to go somewhere. No hate = No fundie xianity.

    They will have to promote upwards their old hate targets.

    I’m guessing it will be women, poor people, nonwhites, atheists, and science/scientists.

    Racism and misogyny are deeply embedded in fundie xianity and both have been making a comeback.

  • thepianoman2020

    #2 Raven:

    I was thinking the same thing as I read this. When marriage equality is finally a part of every state, it might push fundamentalist Christians every more to the right, as they will most likely believe that this is the sign of the end times, the moral corruption of the nation, etc. etc. etc.

    But, they will always have a group of people to hate. The Bible is full of excuses for hate.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Maybe Jesus will come back and straighten up all his idiot followers. HAHAHAHAHAHA, I made a funny.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … 56 percent of Americans support the right of gay people to get married, and another 50 percent believe it’s a constitutional right.

    As written by slovenly WaPo hacks (emphasis added), this says 106 Americans out of 100 endorse or recognize the right to gay-marry. If only the opposition had dwindled to that extent…

  • Chiroptera

    But the anti-liberty Republicans (and Democrats) shouldn’t be let off the hook. When it comes to future elections and confirmations hearings, the pro-equality people should quite clearly be pointing out how a few years before they were openly advocating second class citizenship (and worse) for gay people.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, they aren’t going away. They’re meeting right now in the Alamo, regrouping to fight for the Freedom to prevent The Gays from marrying.

  • Synfandel

    The relative importance placed on same-sex marriage rights among supporters (proportionately many of them gay or lesbian, no doubt) and the relative lack of importance place on it by opponents reflect the fact that in the end it has no direct, practical consequence to heterosexuals personally, in spite of the lunatics’ dire warnings of the destruction of marriage and the end of civilization.

  • pocketnerd

    Thus Spake ZaraChiroptera:

    But the anti-liberty Republicans (and Democrats) shouldn’t be let off the hook. When it comes to future elections and confirmations hearings, the pro-equality people should quite clearly be pointing out how a few years before they were openly advocating second class citizenship (and worse) for gay people.

    Given past demonstrations of the electorate’s grasp of recent history, I’m not optimistic. I still meet lots of people who think the Great Recession began spontaneously on January 20, 2009.

  • colnago80

    Re Pierce Butler @ #6

    The Washington Post is not noted for its editors or its fact checking.

  • John Pieret

    The bad news is that people often lie to pollsters if they think a particular answer makes them look bigoted but still vote based on their bigoted views.

    The good news is that, if that accounts for these numbers, our culture has greatly changed and made anti-gay bigots realize they are bigots, even if they don’t change.

  • vereverum

    OTOH, perhaps a lot of the support came from bandwagoners who really had no deep seated antagonism and are just jumping off to find another cause de jour.

  • dingojack

    Equality Opponents Fall-back to Anti-Gay Dog-Whistles (in Public).

    FIFY.

    (On the plus side, at least they’re no longer shoving down our throats).

    Dingo

  • magistramarla

    Once again, the fools down here in Texas are determined to stay on the wrong side of history.

    I’m really concerned for the young LBGT community here.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    What do you expect? After 20 years of having the gay agenda rammed own their throats — over and over, even infecting their sweaty, nighttime dreams — the antis have found themselves tired from their very long and very, very hard struggle.

    … And very, very aroused. At least based on the inevitable hiring of a sweet, muscular young man to handle their luggage.

  • eric

    No surprise at all to me. Its just sour grapes: once a person believes they won’t achieve some goal, they will convince themselves the goal wasn’t that important.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    They can then move on to blaming all the ills on the world on the legalization of the they and find a way to drum that fear up to get out the vote. It’s worked well with abortion (almost too well, from their perspective).

  • pocketnerd

    All snark aside, the real question is whether the GOP will abandon the anti-gay battle as no longer worthwhile for getting people to the polls… or simply re-brand it and continue it under abstract pretenses, as the New Right did with racism.