The latest Field Poll is very good news for supporters of same-sex marriage in California -- residents of this state now support gay nuptials by almost 2-1. That's a dramatic change since 2008, when Prop. 8 passed; in fact, the poll shows the approval margin widening significantly in just the past two years. And we all know that this is a demographic shift (voters under 40 are in favor by 78 percent, and most of the opposition is among the 60-plus crowd) so the numbers are only going in one direction.
But here's one of the more interesting elements of the poll: In California, 55 percent of Catholics support same-sex marriage.
That's something the College of Cardinals ought to be (but clearly isn't) thinking about in the upcoming Papal Enclave. Frankly, very few Catholics in the US or Europe pay much attention to the church's teachings on sex anymore. And as we all know, once the faithful decide that half of what you're saying is pretty stupid, they're going to pay less attention to the rest of it. In other words, the Church is becoming far less relevant in this country, and another conservative white Pope -- and that's who's likely getting elected -- will just continue that trend.