New polls demonstrate majority support for marriage in Arizona, Michigan and Virginia

This week, new polls were released demonstrating majority support for the freedom to marry in three states where same-sex couples currently do not have the freedom to marry. The constitutions for each of these states includes an anti-gay amendment restricting marriage to different-sex couples - and in two of them, the amendment also prohibits alternative, lesser mechanisms of relationship recognition, such as civil union or domestic partnership for same-sex couples. Here's a look at how the majority support continues to grow across the country:

A survey from the latest Rocky Mountain Poll, released yesterday, shows that 55 percent of Arizona voters support ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, with just 35 percent saying they are opposed. Respondent demographics particularly in favor of marriage include women, Hispanic voters, and voters under the age of 55. Even a greater number of voters over the age of 54 support marriage (46 percent) than oppose it (40 percent). 

Read the full poll results HERE

In Michigan, support for the freedom to marry has surged incredibly fast since 2004, the year that the state's very restrictive anti-family amendment passed. A poll from the Glengariff Group found that 56.8% of respondents in a recent poll said they support marriage for same-sex couples, a 12-point gain from May 2012 (when 44.3% supported) and an 18-point gain from January 2011, when the poll found that 38% of voters were supportive. 

In particular, independents and Republicans have shifted on marriage in the past year. Support among independents has increased 14.6% while support among Republicans has increased 16.5%.

Read the full poll results HERE.  

Support for marriage continues to grow in Virginia, too. A new poll from The Washington Post, released today, finds that 56% of respondents support marriage for same-sex couples. Only 43% say they do not support marriage.

Read the full poll results HERE