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03/22/2006

Field Poll: California's gay-friendliness increases; field pole: be careful not to hit it while catching that fly ball

by Jeremy Hooper

    A new California Field Poll shows that since 1997, the percentage of state residents that believe same-sex relationships are always wrong has dropped a full 13 percentage points (from 45% in '97 to 32% now). In terms of queer nuptials, 51% of Californians now say they oppose same-sex marriage and 43% indicate they approve, much better than 1997's 56% thumbs down/ 38% thumbs up.

Encouraging.

And though nobody asked, we gays also think heterosexual relationships are more okay now than we did in '97. We used to sorta be like, "but you can't share clothes or grooming products -- what the hell?" but we have now come to a place of, "but it is much easier for you folks to start a family, and we like kids -- so yea, you guys are okay." Who knows, by 2017 we may even deem your legal right to marry kosher! Play your cards right and we'll see if we can't wise up to the fact that you're not harming us one iota.

It's unclear if heightened gay visibility, the increasingly inflammatory rhetoric of the 'mo foes, generational shifts, or what is responsible for the post-'97 tolerant turn. We, however, know it's all because "Dharma & Greg" premiered that year. Clearly.

Californians more accepting of gays; Survey: Attitudes have changed over nearly a decade [SF Chronicle]

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