Focus on the Family is apoplectic that Judge Timothy Black has ordered Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. First things first. Public approval of same-sex marriage is irrelevant. It has no bearing on equal protection and due process. Those are the grounds on which numerous federal judges have nullified state prohibitions.
Having said that, according to the most recent Quinnipiac poll conducted February 12 – 17; Ohio voters support same sex
marriage 50 – 44 percent.
According to Focus on the Family (on their CitizenLink site) Quinnipiac has it all wrong.
But a new poll of 405 registered voters in Ohio shows a decline in support for same-sex marriage.
1) Only 33 percent of respondents are certain they would vote to allow marriage between two people of the same sex. Correspondingly, 52 percent of people are certain to vote to keep marriage as only between one man and one woman.
Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values, said the numbers reflect a shift in thinking among voters.
Really? CCV is an Ohio organization that is affiliated with Focus on the Family and two anti-gay hate groups; Family Research Council and American Family Association. Burress goes on to claim:
This return to pre-2004 polling numbers is a direct result of the open hostility and bullying being experienced by citizens and people of faith who hold a natural or traditional view of marriage.
The shockingly intolerant decision by Federal Judge Timothy Black to invalidate the Ohio Constitution’s Marriage Amendment and the clear will of more than 3.3 million Ohio voters is egregious …
“Intolerant?” Please. Again, we do not require public approval. However, there is no link to this poll. For that matter the polling organization is not identified along with the dates of the polling. Until then it’s just more bullshit.