Poll:  NYers support Gov on order respecting same-sex couples’ marriages

Quinnipiac University
June 12, 2008
New York State voters support 53 - 40 percent Gov. David Paterson's order to state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside New York. [Link]

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Who Supports Marriage Equality? ... A Show of Hands

In the wake of the California Supreme Court decision upholding the freedom to marry (for which the court just denied a rehearing or stay) and New York's Gov. Paterson directing state officials to rightfully uphold the state's law to honor out of state marriages by same-sex couples, support for marriage equality is being voiced across our country:

— Polls Nationwide and in California Show Majority Support

Macys Publishes Full-Page Ads Honoring the Freedom to Marry

Jay Leno Says "I Do" in Support of Marriage Equality

Bill O'Reilly & Gov. Schwarzenegger See Defeat for Anti-Gay Advocates in CA

Editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial, after editorial

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Macy’s Joins the Parade for Marriage Equality

Huffington Post
May 30, 2008

Evan Wolfson highlights the Macy’s ad in honor of the freedom to marry in California, the significance of a poll showing majority support for equality and against a discriminatory amendment in California, and a video of Bill O’Reilly’s skepticism about the opposition to marriage equality. (Link)

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LA Times poll shows amendment beatable

Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2008
Overall, the proposed amendment was leading 54% to 35% among registered voters. But because ballot measures on controversial topics often lose support during the course of a campaign, strategists typically want to start out well above the 50% support level. (Link)

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Survey shatters stereotypes of same-sex duos

Mercury News
May 22, 2008
Loving and committed couples who will marry in California next month are likely to have been together for long periods of time, be raising children, and be from diverse ethnicities, according to census data. (Link)

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Getting married for health insurance

Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2008
Seven percent of Americans say they or someone in their household decided to tie the knot in the last year so they could receive healthcare benefits, a poll finds. (Link)

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Gay and Lesbian Youth Want Long-Term Couple Relationships and Raising Children

Rockway Institute
April 23, 2008
"We seem to be witnessing the mainstreaming of lesbian/gay youth, with many of them wanting exactly what heterosexual youth have always wanted - the whole American dream complete with kids and the minivan. This should not be surprising when one considers that most lesbian/gay youth also have been raised in very mainstream heterosexual families with similar values and parental models." He continued, "Although some lesbian/gay adults may prefer less conventional lives, most agree that the primary issue is whether these youth will be given the equal legal rights to realize their couple and family aspirations just like their heterosexual peers." (Link)

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Vermont panel prepares report on marriage

Rutland Herald
March 26, 2008
A legislative committee charged with hearing Vermonters' views on full civil marriage for same-sex couples will release its long-awaited report next month. Recent polls have shown increased support for marriage equality. [link]

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Poll: Majority of Vermonters Favor Marriage Equality

The Advocate
March 26, 2008
A majority of Vermont residents -- 54% -- say they favor marriage equality, according to an unofficial survey taken March 11. The results represent an 8% increase over last year, WPTZ in Montpelier reported Monday. [link]

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Majority In VT Support Changing Civil Unions To Marriage

March 26, 2008
As a state commission prepares its report on whether to amend Vermont's civil union law to end the exclusion from marriage a new poll finds that the majority of people in the state believe gay and lesbian couples should have the freedom to marry. The survey was taken of people attending town meetings across the state. It found that 54% said they support marriage equality while 37% were opposed.[link]

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