Big news in today’s poll out from The Washington Post: Virginians are pro-marriage equality.
From the Post:
Forty-seven percent of Virginians say gay couples should be allowed to legally wed, and 43 percent are opposed, according to the poll. Fifty-five percent of Virginians say gay couples should be able to legally adopt children.
The results mirror a dramatic and rapid shift in national public opinion about gay rights in recent years. The evolving public opinion could create a challenge in the key political battleground for the commonwealth’s Republicans, who are almost universally opposed to gay marriage, if voters think the GOP is falling out of sync with the electorate. But the results also present complications for Virginia Democrats, who have moved more slowly than their national counterparts to embrace liberal social stands for fear of alienating independent voters.
The poll comes out following opposition from Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Ken Cuccinelli (R) to allowing same-sex couples to adopt children and a decision by the Virginia State Board of Social Services not to put into effect a regulation proposed change that would have allowed for such adoptions.