SAN FRANCISCO - A new poll released on Friday, June 4, 2004, found that a majority of Californians opposes the legalization of gay marriages in the state.
The Field Poll of 745 registered California voters showed a rise in opposition to gay marriage since February, when San Francisco issued some 4,000 unwarranted licenses to gay and lesbian couples. As opposed to February, when voters were split on the issue, the new poll conducted from May 18 to 24, found only 43 percent of Californian in support of the gay nuptials; 53 percent said they opposed it while 4 percent said they were unsure.
Currently, the lawyers of the State of California, with the help of several pro-family legal entities, are battling against the liberal lawyers of San Francisco, over the legality of the 4,000 marriage licenses. State law dictates marriage to be between one man and one woman only. Homosexual lobbyists say the proposition which passed in 2,000 with the support of a majority of Californians is unconstitutional. Pro-family advocates however, say the issue is not only about upholding the law, it is about protecting the sanctity of marriage and the future of society.
The Field Poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points.