Gallup Poll Reaffirms Majority of Americans Support the Freedom to Marry

5/20/2011


9% Growth Since Last Year Confirms Accelerating Momentum


Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
jackie@freedomtomarry.org
917-620-4502

(New York, NY, My 20, 2011) – Today, Gallup became the sixth national poll in the past few months to confirm majority support nationwide for the freedom to marry.  At 53%, the new poll corroborates the findings of a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll and others.  Today’s Gallup poll found a 9% jump in overall support since last year, showing accelerating growth in the number of Americans who believe in the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples.

Below is a statement by Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry:

“This most recent poll reaffirms that Americans have been listening and, in Lincoln’s words, ‘thinking anew’ or, as President Obama would put it, ‘evolving.’  In conversations with their gay and lesbian neighbors, co-workers, and family members, and reflecting on their own values of fairness and respect, Americans have had the opportunity to learn about why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families.  As they’ve heard the stories of loving and committed couples harmed by the denial of marriage and the safety-net it brings, their hearts have opened and minds have changed.

“Americans believe in the Golden Rule of treating others as they themselves want to be treated.  This growth in support in nearly every segment of the public, including people formerly opposed, shows that elected officials and judges who end the cruel exclusion from marriage are on the right side of history and delivering not just what loving and committed couples and their families need, but what the majority of Americans want.”

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.