When it came to legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington, women cast the decisive votes, according to a new poll.
The post-election survey conducted by Third Way, a D.C. think tank that favors gay marriage, showed women backed the marriage referendum by a whopping 15 percentage points.
In contrast, men narrowly opposed the measure, by a margin of two percentage points. Overall, Referendum 74 passed by a vote of 54 percent to 46 percent.
The gender gap is not surprising since other polls have shown they are more likely to support same-sex marriage. But the survey noted that the gender gap persisted in some surprising ways.
So what carries the day? Not money, not taxes, not bullshit, just straight up fairness.
Instead of focusing on rights and benefits, the group said, advocates needed to stress that allowing gays and lesbians to marry was primarily about them being able to make a life-long commitment to each other. In other words, talk less about issues like taxes and hospital visitations and more about how same-sex couples wanted to marry for the same reason as straight couples: to make a commitment to each other.