California's ballot measure to ban gay marriage is failing.
The Field Poll survey firm found 51 percent of voters oppose the measure, which proposes an amendment to the state's constitution recognizing marriage as only between a man and woman, while 42 percent were in favor.
The biggest measure of how the marriage issue has faded is, I
think, the lack of interest in this California measure. Go back and
read media clips from this point in 2004: it was like firecrackers
had been placed under every church pew in America. Yet California
opposition to gay marriage has dropped 20 points in eight years (61
percent voted to define marriage as one-man-one-woman in 2000) and,
eh, the "Protect
Marriage" folks seem lost. Initiative supporters have raised
$2.3 milion in a state where the last serious contested statewide
race (the 2004 Senate race) cost about $22 million.
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