Don't let Kansas bigots or Brownback see these gay marriage numbers
The Kansas City Star
When it comes to gay/same-sex marriage, Gov. Sam Brownback agrees with other bigots in Kansas: He’s against it.
On Thursday the governor said state voters resolved the issue in 2005, approving a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The margin: 70 percent voted for the ban, 30 percent opposed.
Brownback emphasized that he personally backs a federal law against gay marriage.
But let’s take a closer look at this issue.
Notice when Kansas voters made that decision: It was eight Aprils ago.
Hmm, has the country’s position on gay marriage changed since then?
Yes, and not by a little. By a lot.
Take the average yes/no vote on the issue, according to six Gallup polls taken back in 2004 and 2005.
Only 33 percent of Americans favored gay marriage, and 62 percent opposed, with the rest undecided.
That’s a large “no” vote from Americans about the same time Kansans also shouted “no,” going to the polls to approve the constitutional amendment against gay marriage.
Now take a look at the average margin of five polls on the issue taken in 2013.
My, how times have changed.
Now, 52 percent of Americans approve of same-sex marriage. That’s up 19 percentage points in less than a decade.
Wait, what was that 2005 Kansas vote again?
Only 30 percent approved of gay marriage back then. And if you add 19 percentage points to that figure, you get this conclusion:
It’s possible that 49 percent of Kansans may go to the polls to support same-sex marriage.
Now I’m sure red-staters in Kansas, along with Brownback, don’t think the margin would be that close at all.
Maybe, maybe not.
So here’s an idea: If Brownback is so sure the matter has been settled, why not let the people of Kansas show him how right he is - and put it up for a vote later this year or in 2014.