Maybe it's backlash from the Prop 8/Amendment 2 mess, or maybe it's the exuberance of having a non-wingnut in the White House, or maybe it's just that the homobigots are the ones leaving Florida, or maybe it's just the in-your-face stance taken by LGBT groups and their allies recently, but something is happening in Florida.

Outsiders might not know that Florida is one of the few states to refuse to allow gay people to adopt children. Right now, there are a couple of cases pending appeal on the matter--the trial judges have overturned the ban, saying it's unconstitutional, and the state has said it plans to appeal. This is one case where public opinion is on the side of overturning the law, at least according to a poll from Quinnipiac released today. Here's the breakdown:

The survey also found that Floridians oppose 55 - 39 percent a state law that prohibits gays and lesbians from adopting children.

Republicans support the law 52 - 43 percent, as do White Evangelical Christians 58 - 37 percent.

Democrats oppose the law 61 - 32 percent, along with independent voters 60 - 34 percent.
That's a pretty big spread--16 points--and the agreement between Democrats and Independents is really close.

The numbers on some sort of legal recognition for same sex couples are the real surprise, though, considering how badly Amendment 2 got stomped at the polls last November.
Statewide, 27 percent of surveyed voters said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

Another 35 percent said gays should be allowed to legally form civil unions but not marry.

And 31 percent said gays should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships.
So 62% of the population favors some sort of recognition. Count me in the 27%--not a surprise to anyone who reads this blog--but if there's public support for civil unions that we can then build on to get to full marriage, I'll support it. These are the important numbers to me, though.
Voters age 18-34: support marriage, 39 percent; support civil unions, 34 percent; favor no recognition, 24 percent.

Voters older than 55: support marriage, 24 percent; support civil unions, 36 percent; favor no recognition, 33 percent.
It's good to see 60% support among older voters, but it's the 73% in the 18-34 range that's got to be disheartening to homobigots. I don't see a way they overcome that kind of demographic spread on this issue in the long term. And with the younger people supporting marriage over civil unions, that means we're even closer to full marriage. It's going to happen. It's only a matter of time.

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