I wanted to do a few reader opinion polls on matters related to gay marriage. Of course, different readers will have different views of how useful these polls are. But I’m curious, so here goes. (Oh yeah, and sorry for the strange formatting: There’s some sort of incompatibility between our software and Pollhost’s, and right now I can’t figure out what it is.)
Let’s start with the basic question of whether readers favor or are against same-sex marriage as a matter of policy. For purposes of this first poll, assume that favoring same-sex civil unions but not same-sex marriage counts as not favoring same-sex marriage.
Now let’s turn to a legal question, the constitutionality of not recognizing same-sex marriage:
Now let’s get a little more specific. If the standard of review is rational basis, is there a rational basis for opposing same-sex marriage?
Finally, here’s a question designed to get a sense of the jurisprudential basis of the views held by those who believe states must recognize same-sez marriage: When did the Constitution begin to require this? Please do not answer this if you think the Constitution does not require same-sex marriage.