Marriage equality would "impose significant public harm" in Florida, Attorney General Pam Bondi claimed last year. Other public officials joined her in claiming that marriage bans are necessary for responsible procreation, and that allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry would lead to the destruction of Florida families.
But after a few months of marriage equality in the state, residents have somehow evaded their doom. A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows that 81 percent of voters say marriage equality has had either no impact or a positive impact on their lives.
Even among Republicans, 71 percent said marriage equality had either no impact or a positive impact on their lives, with 60 percent of those identifying as "very conservative" saying it's had no impact or is positive. (Of that, only 3 percent of the "very conservatives" say the freedom to marry has been positive.)
As you might expect, of those who consider themselves "very liberal," 88 percent say it's had no impact or is positive. And voters who supported Barack Obama in the last election are far more likely to say that marriage equality has affected them positively — 23 percent, compared to only 6 percent of those who supported Mitt Romney. Interestingly, 66 percent of both groups said that marriage equality has had no effect on them.
Gender seems to have little impact on support: marriage was rated as positive by 14 percent of women and 13 percent of men. It was considered negative by 18 percent of women and 21 percent of men. And 68 percent of women said it had no impact, compared to 65 percent of men.
"Gay marriage becoming legal in Florida doesn't seem to be doing anyone much harm," wrote a PPP analyst. Imagine that.