Second National Poll Finds Majority Support for the Freedom to Marry

9/20/2010

"52% of Americans Support Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Couples' Marriages"
 
Press Contact: 
Sean Eldridge 
Political Director, Freedom to Marry 
sean@freedomtomarry.org
 
New York, NY-- For the second time, a national poll has found that a majority of Americans now support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.  Echoing the findings of last month's CNN poll, the Associated Press released a pollwhich found that 52% of Americans support marriage equality.  The Associated Press asked 1,007 Americans: "Should the Federal Government give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same-sex, or not?"  52% of those polled responded "Yes".  46% responded "No".  And 2% responded "Don't know". 

Statement from Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry:

"For the second time, a national poll shows that a majority of Americans support the freedom to marry, reflecting the growing momentum of the marriage movement and a growing awareness in America of who gay people are and why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families.  Echoing the findings of last month's CNN poll, the Associated Press poll shows that those who would deny liberty and equal protection to same-sex couples are now in the minority.  Even in a moment in which most people are focused on the economy and unemployment, Americans are still speaking up for our country's core values that the majority should not deny a minority its rights and that we must uphold the Constitution's enduring promise of equal protection for all.  But with many hearts and minds still to be changed, we must continue to make as strong a case for the freedom to marry in the court of public opinion as in the court of law.  The work on Freedom to Marry's Roadmap to Victory - winning more states, continuing to change hearts and minds, and ending federal marriage discrimination - is more urgent than ever.  We must ensure that political and legal change keep pace with growing public support for the freedom to marry." 

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide.  We partner with organizations and supporters across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the responsibilities, protections, and commitment that marriage brings.  Freedom to Marry is leading the fight to win marriage in more states, build majority support for marriage equality nationwide, and end federal marriage discrimination.