Youth

Young people are increasingly raising their voices in the national conversation on the freedom to marry. Youth across the nation--gay and non-gay alike--support the freedom to marry as a basic and fundamental belief.

Nationwide, polling shows strong majorities of people under age 30 support the freedom to marry. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted in February 2010 found that a 65 percent of young people under 30 – more than six in 10 - support the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. A survey conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute found that 65 percent of college freshmen supported the freedom to marry. And recent research shows that a majority of young people in almost every state support ending the exclusion of gays and lesbians from marriage.

Young people today can help create the future they will inherit. Whether speaking out for the freedom to marry or fighting against attacks on families, it is crucial to work toward equality now.

“It’s not often that the progress worth fighting for can be realistically expected in its entirety in any one lifetime or generation. As the youngpeople of this generation, we are primed to see this issue come to a resolution in a timeframe that might mean we enter full adulthood with oneless struggle, one less fragment of institutionalized intolerance that weighs on us as individuals and as a community.”

—Andrew Blumenfeld, “Marriage Equality: Students Can Lead the Way.” August 2010

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Generational shift a key factor for upward trend in support

Young people around the country are leading the shift in opinion in favor of the freedom to marry.

Leading Republican and Democratic Pollsters Find Rapid Increase in Support for the Freedom to Marry

New study by bipartisan pollsters shows a rapid increase in support for marriage, changing the political equation as the emerging majority supports the freedom to marry.

Watching history and making a difference

Freedom to Marry's New Media Intern Samantha Peltz reflects on her personal experience following the historic victory in New York and her dedication to helping end marriage discrimination across the country.

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Polling Tracks Growing and Increasingly Diverse Support for the Freedom to Marry

A listing of marriage polling at the federal, national, and state level.

Speech: Is the Freedom to Marry Inevitable?

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson was invited to the University of Michigan Law School to deliver a keynote address on the struggle for civil rights in the context of marriage for same-sex couples.

Pew Poll Finds Growing Support for Freedom to Marry Among Evangelicals, Majority Support Among Youth

A comprehensive Pew poll found majority support for the freedom to marry among young people, college graduates and Catholics, with growing support among all other religious categories.

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