Agree 100%. Especially on the taking ballot measure to the polls.<quoted text>
That is only half the story. What is actually more surprising about the story is that support for marriage equality is rising almost uniformly among all age groups. Where as people over 65 expressed 20% support ten years ago, they now express 30% support. And people in their twenties ten years ago moved from 50% support to 60% support in their thirties. Meanwhile, the new cohort of twenty-somethings supports marriage equality by 70%.
The increase in support is fairly uniform among other demographic measures as well, including religious affiliation, geographic location, minority status, etc. I dare say support among GLBT's themselves has increased with the country as a whole.
So the 1% annual increase in support across all groups is compounded by the change in the cohort: A group expressing 20% support has been replaced by a group expressing 70% support. It also helps that the twenty-somethings are more numerous than those over 65. If only they would vote more reliably...
Given the fickleness of the younger vote, I think it's important for the time-being to take our battles to the ballot during Presidential election years. Look how different the North Carolina vote turned out from the polls. I suspect that, like in Maine, Maryland, Washington, and Minnesota, the vote would have more closely resembled the polls if held in November.
My biggest concern is groups will push for votes in Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, etc in 2014 when the voting demographic is much older and therefor much more anti-gay instead of waiting until 2016.
I know it's a bitch to consider waiting 4 years to overturn a some of these state bans, but at this point we still need the BEST shot possible and can't afford to go back to losing a string of votes just because we're getting impatient.