Students, are you ready for your close up?
Oct 15, 2010 at 10:38 am
By Cameron Tolle, Freedom to Marry's Online Organizer
If you’re a supporter of LGBT equality or progressive politics in general, it’s probably no secret to you that the younger generation (i.e. my generation) is leading the way in our support for equality, and in particular, the freedom to marry. I’ve talked before (http://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/college-students-lead-the-way-for-the-freedom-to-marry) about the numerous studies and surveys that prove exactly that: college students are infinitely more supportive of marriage equality than older generations.
Data compiled by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California Los Angeles shows that support for the freedom to marry on college campuses is both prevalent and growing. In a survey administered last fall, “65 percent of the college freshman . . . supported same-sex marriage compared with 58 percent of Americans 18 to 29 years old.”  That's a nine percent increase from the 56% of freshman who were supportive in 2000. And even those who traditionally oppose marriage equality don’t make it much of a priority to discriminate against same-sex couples. A 2010 CPAC straw poll showed that only 1% of respondents “identified protecting traditional marriage as one of the issues most important to them.”
And the evidence just keeps piling up! Noting the overall rise in support for marriage across the country, a recent survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 75% of college students support the legal recognition of gay and lesbian families.
Across the board, college students are overwhelmingly demonstrating that they get it. They understand the grave injustices of denying same-sex couples the rights, benefits, and responsibilities of marriage. They understand that exclusion must end now. They get that extending the freedom to marry to all loving couples is just the right thing to do.
At Freedom to Marry, we’ve seen the outpouring of student support first hand! Last month, we launched Students for Marriage, a campaign to effectively inform and mobilize young Americans in the movement for marriage equality. Since then, students from nearly 40 states across the country have taken the pledge to support marriage, and our numbers are growing every day! It’s powerful to see students make an impact, and Freedom to Marry is committed to continually empowering our college-aged supporters.
And with Election Day just over two weeks away, we need to show the world what our student supporters look like! Download our Love + Commitment = Marriage sign. Then use a camera, cell phone or webcam to take a picture of you holding up the sign and upload it to the Students for Marriage Facebook page: