There’s a new poll out on the issue of gay marriage in Indiana and it favors opponents in a big way. The new poll of likely voters shows 62 percent in favor of the marriage amendment that would create a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Indiana. It was paid for by the Indiana Family Institute. “I think the Hoosier electorate has a good strong sense of where marriage should be in public policy,” says Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute, “and it’s a high, elevated place, our state constitution.”
But a poll from Freedom Indiana three weeks ago showed the opposite.
The Journal Gazette reports:
A new poll released Tuesday by Freedom Indiana shows almost two-thirds of Hoosiers believe amending the Indiana Constitution is the wrong way to address the issue of same-sex marriage. By 64 percent to 36 percent, voters oppose amending the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. “The message from these results is clear: Hoosiers overwhelmingly support some legal recognition for same-sex couples, and they oppose amending the Indiana Constitution to address the issue of same-sex marriage and rights,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson.
Of course, Governor Mike Pence (GOP) sees the whole thing as a reason to go forward with a public vote on the ban. From the WISH TV article:
It’s a dispute, said the governor in a 24-Hour News 8 interview, that should be settled in a referendum. “The fact that we have competing public opinion polls,” said Mike Pence, “really underscores the reason why we should just let Hoosiers decide.”
If we’re gonna put it before the voters, how about putting both the ban and an initiative to legalize it on the ballot at the same time? Or are they afraid they would lose? And how about some independent polling on the issue in Indiana?