Poll: Majority of CA Voters Support Marriage Equality A new poll released today showed that for the first time in three decades registered California voters approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry—by a margin of 51% to 42%—a flip from the last poll taken in 2006, when voters disapproved of gay marriage 50% to 44%.
The nonpartisan California Field Poll of 1,052 registered voters, conducted May 17–26, with a 3.2% margin of error, also found voters were leery of the proposed ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, with 54% opposing the measure and 40% favoring it.
State agencies, including those governing insurance and health care, must immediately change policies and regulations to make sure "spouse," "husband" and "wife" are clearly understood to include gay couples, according to a memo sent earlier this month from the governor's counsel.
Gay marriage is not legal in New York, and the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, has said it can only be legalized by the Legislature. But the memo, based on a Feb. 1 New York Appellate Division court ruling, would recognize the marriages of New Yorkers who are legally wed elsewhere.
"The Defense of Marriage Act insofar has provided the federal government a club to club down rights of law-abiding American citizens, has been abused, misused, and should be repealed, and I will work to repeal it," he said on Sunday.
Barr, 59, authored DOMA in 1996 as a Republican congressman for Georgia's seventh district. In a statement about his support for the California supreme court's recent ruling to allow same-sex marriage, Barr said his original intent in authoring DOMA was to ensure that each state determine whether to legalize same-sex marriage.