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Californians, waiting for Supreme Court ruling, now support gay marriage by 58%

Californians, waiting for Supreme Court ruling, now support gay marriage by 58%

If the US Supreme Court this month clears the way for gay marriages to resume in California, same-sex couples will find they have a lot more support now for their nuptials.

It was in November 2008 that 52% of voters in the state voted to ban gay marriage in the state by passing Propsition 8 which is currently being challenged in the nation’s high court.

A USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released this week shows that now 58% of the state’s registered voters believe gay marriage should be legal compared with 36% against.

In 2009, the same poll showed 51% of Californians in favor of marriage equality and 43% against.

There has been the most dramatic shift in attitudes among voters over the age of 65 who are now almost evenly split on the issue. Three years ago, those opposed were ahead by 19%.

‘Even the least-receptive audiences for same-sex marriage in California are split. There has been an across-the-board sea change on this issue,’ Drew Lieberman, vice president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research tells The Times.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research conducted the poll with USC and The Times.

Support for marriage equality in the large state is the strongest in the Bay Area where 69% are in favor. Support is at 59% in Sacramento, the rest Northern California, and the Central Coast. Support in Los Angeles is 58% while the rest of Southern California is at 52%.

The poll of 1,500 registered voters was conducted by telephone from 27 May to 2 June.

The California Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that gay couples had a constitutional right to get married and marriage and 18,000 couples were married before the passage of Proposition 8 that November.