In 1977, when the Field Poll first started asking the question, Californians opposed legalizing gay marriage by a whopping 59 percent to 28 percent margin. Only a little more than four years ago, Californians banned gay marriage at the polls, approving Proposition 8 by a small but decisive 52.24 percent to 47.76 percent margin.
Opinions change. It isn't easy, and it can take an awful long time, but opinions change. So the next time you see a Democrat roll their eyes at the notion of even attempting to pass an income tax in Washington State, remember: It's not an act of wise pragmatism. It's an act of political cowardice.