A new poll finds that a majority of Virginia voters are opposed to the ban on same-sex marriage.
The poll finds that 56 percent of likely voters questioned oppose the ban on same sex marriage, compared to 36 percent who favor it. Virginia voters approved the ban in 2006, adding it to the state’s Constitution. Two lawsuits have been filed since then challenging the ban. The Republican candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli, supports the prohibition on gay marriage and is defending the amendment as attorney general. His opponent Democrat Terry McAuliffe wants it repealed.
In related news, Ted Olson, one of the two main attorneys in the prop 8 case, made a donation to Ken Cuccinelli’s campaign last month.
The Washington Blade reports:
A campaign finance report that Cuccinelli filed with the Virginia State Board of Elections on Tuesday noted former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson gave $1,000 to Cuccinelli’s campaign on Sept. 3. Olson, who served in the position under then-President George W. Bush from 2001-2004, contributed to Cuccinelli’s campaign less than a month before the American Foundation for Equal Rights announced that lawyers representing Timothy Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk and Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Richmond asked him and David Boies to join their case.
It’s not a big surprise, given Olson’s well-known conservative leanings, but it is disappointing to see him giving money to such an anti-gay candidate.