Something struck me yesterday when I came across the latest Gallup poll on gay marriage. See if the same thing strikes you:
You might see it if you contrast that poll with the latest Pew poll on support for same-sex civil unions:
You see it now?
Note how while in the past six years, there has been a steady progression upward in support for civil unions (from 45-57), support for same-sex has remained comparably constant, not showing the same upward trend, bouncing down to 37 (probably at outlier), then up to 46, drifting down to 40, then easing up.
It’s as if the gay marriage debates haven’t really moved the needle at all.
Since the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court mandated that the Bay State recognize same-sex marriage with its Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health on November 18, 2003 (approximately a month after the first Pew poll on the chart above — presuming that poll like the latest was conducted in October), support for civil unions climbed while support for gay marriage remained almost constant from Gallup’s first post-Goodridge poll to its most recent.