Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Majority Of Iowans Favor Civil Unions

The Iowa Independent reports:
A statewide poll conducted by University of Iowa political scientists found that 28 percent of Iowans support same-sex marriage. Another 30 percent support civil unions and about one in three oppose both.

“Iowans are not yet ready to support gay marriage completely, but they are clearly ready to legally acknowledge same-sex relationships,” said David Redlawsk, associate professor of political science at the University of Iowa. “For many the idea of marriage may still be a step too far, but at the same time they are willing to recognize committed relationships.”


A majority of Iowa voters under age 30 are already in favor of gay marriage, suggesting that support for it could grow as time goes on. Less than one-fifth of younger voters oppose any legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

This is truly excellent news. Hopefully it bolsters the courage of either the state legislature or supreme court to act.

Also, I'm glad to see that Iowans under 30 line up with that age group nationally in offering majority support to full marriage equality.

To the likes of Bob Vander Plaats and Ted Sporer, I can only say that the future doesn't belong to you. Your political party must change or die. Either one would be fine with me.

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