In a University of Washington Statewide Voter Survey conducted in October 2007 there was a question (Q31) designed to gauge public opinion on same-sex marriage and relationship recognition.
While the study has not yet been publicly released, the advance data I’ve seen is encouraging.
31. Which of the following statements best describes your views on the issue of same-sex marriage?
- 35.23% - Gay and lesbian couples should have the same legal right to marry as straight couples
- 24.12% - Gay and lesbian couples should be able to have the same legal rights as straight couples but it should not be called marriage
- 14.11% - There should be domestic partnerships that give gay and lesbian couples only some of the benefits and protections of marriage
- 22.10% - There should be no legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples
- 3.19% - (Don't Know)
- 1.25% - (Refused)
The majority of Washingtonians (59.35%) think that gay and lesbian couples should have exactly the same rights as straight couples
The vast majority of Washingtonians (73.46%) think that gay and lesbian couples should have some or all the benefits and protections of marriage
Only a small minority of Washingtonians (14.11%) think that gay and lesbian couples should have only domestic partnerships with limited benefits and protections
More Washingtonians support full marriage equality (35.23%) than oppose any legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples (22.10%)
A commenter on the Washington Votes site claims of our legislators: "They don't care what the majority of Washington voters want."
Yet it seems that the exact opposite is true.
With 59.35% of Washington Voters agreeing that gay, lesbian and straight couples should all have the same rights, and 73.26% of Washington Voters saying that gay and lesbian couples should have some or all of the benefits and protections of marriage, it's evident that our legislators know exactly what Washington Voters want.
Fair treatment and equality for all couples and families.