Third National Poll Finds Majority of Americans Support the Freedom to Marry

3/18/2011


Accelerating Momentum for Marriage Seen in Virtually All Categories
 
Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Manager, Freedom to Marry
jackie@freedomtomarry.org
917-620-4502
 
(New York, NY, March 18, 2011) – Today, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll confirmed that a majority of Americans support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples – the third national poll to report majority support in the past few months.  At 53%, the new poll reflects the highest levels of support to date, following nationwide polls by CNN and the Associated Press in August 2010 both coming in at 52% support.  Today’s poll shows accelerating support over the past year and growth in nearly every segment of the population. 
 
Below is a statement by Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry:
 
“This newest poll confirms yet again that Americans have been on a journey of understanding, living up to the American value of treating others as we would all want to be treated and staying true to our nation’s history of upholding the American promise of equality under the law.  As Americans have had time to hear more about the lives and families of their gay and lesbian neighbors, co-workers, and family members – personal conversations about why marriage matters and stories of loving and committed couples harmed by the denial of marriage and the safety-net it brings – hearts have opened and minds have changed.”
 
“When the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ was stampeded through in 1996, only 26% of Americans supported the freedom to marry.  In the 15 years since, that support has more than doubled.  Bob Barr, the Republican Congressman who wrote DOMA, and Bill Clinton, the Democratic President who signed it, have repudiated DOMA and called for its overturning, and members of Congress who voted for DOMA, such as Senators Chuck Schumer and Patty Murray, came together earlier this week to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill introduced to repeal the discriminatory law.  They, along with many others from across the political spectrum, have made the journey to fairness that has brought us to a majority.”
 
“As a candidate and in the White House, President Obama has repeatedly spoken against federal marriage discrimination under DOMA, and just weeks ago agreed with Attorney General Holder that the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ is indefensible under the Constitution’s command of equal protection.   As the President’s personal position on marriage continues to, in his words, ‘evolve,’ Freedom to Marry, distinguished Americans, and gay and non-gay people across the country call on him to ‘Say I Do’ and join the majority for marriage.”   
 
To read about Freedom to Marry’s “Say I Do” Open Letter to the President, signed by civil rights icons, Hollywood and sports stars, clergy, business leaders, and a growing count of tens of thousands of Americans, please click here.  To read the Washington Post-ABC News poll, please click here. To get more insight into the accelerating momentum of support across so many demographics demonstrated in the poll, please click here.  
 
 
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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.